NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 30th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (8-7) at Sacramento Kings (4-11), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers hope to build on one of their biggest regular season wins in recent years tonight when they resume a four-game western road trip in California's capital against the Sacramento Kings.
The Pacers won the opener of the trek on Sunday in Los Angeles, a 95-92 victory over the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers. Roy Hibbert proved to be a strong presence in the middle in that one with 24 points and 12 rebounds, leading Indiana to their its first-ever win at Staples Center against the Lakers.
Hibbert added six assists and made nine of his 13 shots for the Pacers, who snapped an 11-game road losing streak to the Lakers with their first such win since February 14, 1999.
Danny Granger added 18 points, while Darren Collison and Brandon Rush scored 14 and 11, respectively, in the win -- Indiana's third in its last four games.
"This is a big win for us to come into LA and beat the world champs," Granger said. "We didn't shoot lights out. It was all about our defense."
The Pacers, who are a solid 4-2 away from home on the season, will finish their trip with visits to Utah and Phoenix.
The Kings, meanwhile, have continued to struggle, losing their fourth straight and for the 10th time in 11 games on Saturday when Derrick Rose scored 30 points and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 16-point deficit for a 96-85 victory over Sacramento.
Jason Thompson scored 18 points and Tyreke Evans had 17 to lead four Kings players in double figures.
"I thought our defense was good enough to win the game," Sacramento head coach Paul Westphal said of his team's second-half performance. "But our offense was something that was out of some horror book."
Indiana and Sacramento split the home-and-home series a year ago with each club holding serve on its home floor. Overall, the Pacers have won three of the last four in the series.
11/30 10:33:48 ET