DeMarcus Cousins collected 18 points and 14 rebounds and Samuel Dalembert
added 16 and 10 as the visiting Sacramento Kings won back-to-back games for the
first time since late January with a 110-93 triumph over the Indiana Pacers on
Friday. Francisco Garcia added 16 points and Marcus Thornton recorded 15 points
and nine boards for the Kings (19-52), who moved three games ahead of the
Minnesota Timberwolves (17-56) in the race to avoid the worst record in the
The Pacers (32-41) had their lead trimmed to two games over the Milwaukee
Bucks (29-42) and the Charlotte Bobcats (29-42) -- both road winners Friday
night in New York and Boston, respectively -- for the eighth and final playoff
spot in the East.
The Kings made their move on the defensive end in the first half, holding
Indiana to 25 percent (12 of 48) shooting from the field, including 1 of 9 from
beyond the arc, to grab a 55-37 lead at the break.
The Pacers used an 11-0 burst in the third to cut the lead to 71-62 with
3:39 left in the frame, but Tyreke Evans, who was playing for the first time in
19 games after recovering from a foot injury, converted a three-point play to
halt the run and push it back to double digits.
Danny Granger led the Pacers with 20 points.