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Young scores 20 points, Pacers beat Kings 107-97

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers are showing their frontcourt is a force to be reckoned with, even without injured All-Star guard Victor Oladipo.

Starting forwards Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 38 points Saturday night in a 107-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings, while centers Myles Turner and Domantis Sabonis fortified the interior of Indiana's rising defense.

Oladipo missed his 10th straight game. Nonetheless, the Pacers, up to fourth in the Eastern Conference standings at 16-10, are proving they are so much more than just Oladipo.

''We have a lot of weapons on this team,'' Turner said, ''and now everybody is playing with confidence.''

Young had a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds, and Bogdanovic added 18 points. Bogdanovic has averaged 19 points over the past two weeks with Oladipo recovering from issues with his right knee.

Ranked third in the league on defense, Indiana has also made up for Oladipo's absence by frequently flustering the opposition.

Sacramento, a top-10 offense shooting 48 percent from the field this season, was held to 42 percent. Buddy Hield scored 20 points and De'Aaron Fox added 18 points and six assists. Nothing came easy as the Kings' three-game win streak ended.

''One of the lower-scoring games we've had all season,'' Fox said. ''They defended us well, so it was just their defense. They got to us, and we weren't able to make shots. Most of our losses have been high-scoring, where we were still able to put the ball in the basket.''

With each squad playing the second of a back-to-back, the game lacked the dizzying pace of the teams' meeting of a week ago which Sacramento won 111-110.

This game was just as competitive, however. At least until Indiana, up 73-70 after three quarters, went on a 16-2 run midway through the fourth. Sacramento went scoreless on seven of eight possessions during that stretch, and the Pacers moved ahead 100-85 with 4:14 to go.

Hield connected on three 3-pointers in the first quarter. The rest of the Kings' offense in the period came from inside the lane (16 points) or on free throws (six) as they carried a 31-24 lead into the second quarter.

After that, Turner and Sabonis stepped up. Turner finished with nine points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. Sabonis had 14 points and six rebounds, as well as a crowd-pleasing block that helped the Pacers recover from a 12-point second-quarter hole.

With the game tied in the waning seconds of the half, Young rebounded a Sacramento miss and flipped a transition pass to Darren Collison, who pulled up for a wide-open, buzzer-beating jumper that provided Indiana a 54-52 halftime edge.

''Myles is doing a good job over the last five or six games just protecting the paint,'' Collison said. ''It's easier said than done, but when you have a big man like that blocking shots, it changes the whole game.''

Sabonis also helped change it. After missing Friday's 112-90 win at Orlando due to illness, Sabonis sparked the Pacers in a three-possession sequence. The 6-foot-10 Sabonis unleashed a rim-rocking, one-handed dunk, blocked a point-blank attempt by Willie Cauley-Stein and then pump-faked his way to a nifty basket over Cauley-Stein, causing the Kings to call time out with their lead trimmed to 38-30.

Turner and Sabonis left quite an impression on Sacramento's prized 6-11 rookie Marvin Bagley III. He fouled out for the first time.

''They are great players,'' Bagley said. ''They have a lot of talent, athleticism, and they work together. That's a great team we ran into.''

TIP-INS

Kings: Starting small forward Iman Shumpert, averaging 9.4 points in 25 minutes per game, sat out for rest. . Fox, the Kings' second-leading scorer, didn't score until 3:28 remained in the first half.

Pacers: The win marked Indiana's third straight home victory over Sacramento and fifth in the last six meetings overall. . The Pacers committed 17 turnovers, but outrebounded the Kings 52-43.

UP NEXT:

Kings: Conclude a four-game road trip Monday night against Chicago.

Pacers: Continue a three-game homestand Monday night against Washington.

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Key Players
D. Fox
5 PG
B. Bogdanovic
44 SF
31.2 Min. Per Game 31.2
16.3 Pts. Per Game 16.3
1.4 Ast. Per Game 1.4
3.7 Reb. Per Game 3.7
47.4 Field Goal % 52.6
46.9 Three Point % 52.9
71.1 Free Throw % 80.9
  Offensive foul 0:00
+ 3 Yogi Ferrell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Harry Giles 0:25
  Defensive rebound by Ben McLemore 0:34
  Darren Collison missed jump shot 0:37
  Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic 0:56
  Troy Williams missed jump shot 0:58
  SAC team rebound 1:09
  Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:12
+ 2 Willie Cauley-Stein made alley-oop shot, assist by De'Aaron Fox 1:27
  Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young 1:55
  De'Aaron Fox missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:57
Team Stats
Points 97 107
Field Goals 38-90 (42.2%) 40-92 (43.5%)
3-Pointers 9-32 (28.1%) 8-30 (26.7%)
Free Throws 12-15 (80.0%) 19-22 (86.4%)
Total Rebounds 50 60
Offensive 12 15
Defensive 31 37
Team 7 8
Assists 24 26
Steals 9 7
Blocks 8 8
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 22 17
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST
11 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
1234T
away team logo Kings 13-12 3121182797
home team logo Pacers 16-10 24301934107
Team Stats
away team logo Kings 13-12 115.6 PPG 44.3 RPG 25.8 APG
home team logo Pacers 16-10 106.6 PPG 43.8 RPG 25.2 APG
Key Players
B. Hield SG 18.9 PPG 5.2 RPG 2.5 APG 47.8 FG%
T. Young SF 11.6 PPG 5.9 RPG 1.6 APG 50.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Hield SG 20 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
T. Young SF 20 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
42.2 FG% 43.5
28.1 3PT FG% 26.7
80.0 FT% 86.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 32 20 4 0 0 0 1 3 8/20 4/12 0/0 2 2 23 -17
D. Fox 32 18 1 6 1 2 3 3 7/14 0/3 4/4 0 1 31 -14
W. Cauley-Stein 30 14 9 2 1 2 2 1 6/14 0/0 2/2 3 6 28 -15
B. Bogdanovic 32 11 3 6 3 1 2 4 4/11 1/5 2/4 0 3 28 +6
N. Bjelica 27 6 12 2 1 0 1 0 2/6 0/3 2/2 3 9 22 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Hield 32 20 4 0 0 0 1 3 8/20 4/12 0/0 2 2 23 -17
D. Fox 32 18 1 6 1 2 3 3 7/14 0/3 4/4 0 1 31 -14
W. Cauley-Stein 30 14 9 2 1 2 2 1 6/14 0/0 2/2 3 6 28 -15
B. Bogdanovic 32 11 3 6 3 1 2 4 4/11 1/5 2/4 0 3 28 +6
N. Bjelica 27 6 12 2 1 0 1 0 2/6 0/3 2/2 3 9 22 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Jackson 24 11 1 1 0 1 0 2 4/6 3/5 0/0 0 1 15 -13
F. Mason III 15 8 1 2 1 0 2 1 3/5 0/1 2/3 0 1 12 +4
M. Bagley III 9 4 2 1 0 1 2 6 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 1 7 -1
Y. Ferrell 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 3 +3
T. Williams 13 2 4 2 2 0 0 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 2 2 12 -5
K. Koufos 17 0 5 1 0 1 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 1 4 8 -3
B. McLemore 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +3
H. Giles 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +3
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Gabriel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Randolph - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 97 43 24 9 8 13 22 38/90 9/32 12/15 12 31 192 -50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Young 38 20 9 0 0 1 4 0 7/13 1/4 5/6 2 7 26 +8
B. Bogdanovic 27 18 4 2 0 0 1 2 5/13 1/4 7/7 1 3 25 +3
D. Collison 31 14 3 6 0 0 0 1 5/12 2/6 2/2 2 1 29 +7
T. Evans 21 10 6 4 2 0 2 2 4/9 1/4 1/1 3 3 24 +2
M. Turner 31 9 13 2 0 4 4 1 4/11 1/2 0/0 3 10 26 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Young 38 20 9 0 0 1 4 0 7/13 1/4 5/6 2 7 26 +8
B. Bogdanovic 27 18 4 2 0 0 1 2 5/13 1/4 7/7 1 3 25 +3
D. Collison 31 14 3 6 0 0 0 1 5/12 2/6 2/2 2 1 29 +7
T. Evans 21 10 6 4 2 0 2 2 4/9 1/4 1/1 3 3 24 +2
M. Turner 31 9 13 2 0 4 4 1 4/11 1/2 0/0 3 10 26 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Sabonis 24 14 6 1 1 1 2 3 6/10 0/0 2/2 2 4 22 +8
C. Joseph 27 11 5 8 1 1 1 3 5/9 0/3 1/2 1 4 33 +6
D. McDermott 19 10 3 1 0 0 1 0 4/10 2/6 0/0 1 2 14 +9
T. Leaf 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0 1 -3
A. Holiday 16 0 3 2 3 1 0 4 0/5 0/1 0/0 0 3 11 +3
K. O'Quinn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Oladipo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 107 52 26 7 8 15 17 40/92 8/30 19/22 15 37 211 +50