INDIANAPOLIS – With some hometown boys back in Indy, the Indiana Pacers (4-3) successfully defended home court.
Former IUPUI Jaguar (and former Pacer) George Hill and Marion, Ind. native Zach Randolph were at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the Sacramento Kings (1-6) on Tuesday night. It wasn’t a happy homecoming, though, as the Pacers dominated for a 101-83 win on Halloween.
This ballgame was completely owned by Indiana, from start to finish.
The Pacers opened Tuesday’s contest on a 9-0 run and Sacramento never really came close to recovering. Indy held an 11-point lead after one quarter, extended that advantage to 25 by halftime and still led by 21 after three periods despite a only scoring 14 points in the third quarter. The Pacers led by as many as 27, while the Kings never took the lead.
Domantas Sabonis continued his hot start to the season with a very productive first quarter. Sabonis was all over the court in his first ten minutes of action on Tuesday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out three assists by the time he took his first breather of the night. The 21-year-old finished with 12 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes played. It is already his fourth double-double of the young season.
Sabonis was efficient with his shooting yet again, knocking down five of the six shots he took against the Kings. In the four games Indiana has won this year, Sabonis has made a mind-boggling 28 of 29 shot attempts.
All in all, the Pacers were balanced offensively on Tuesday.
Five players were in double-figures, led by Bojan Bogdanovic‘s 17 points. Victor Oladipo, who scored 14 points, had led Indy in scoring in each of their first six games. Thaddeus Young (15), Cory Joseph (13 – off the bench) and Sabonis (12) rounded out the Pacers’ double-figure scorers.
Hill and Randolph were mostly ineffective in their return to the Circle City. Hill scored eight points on 4-for-12 shooting, while Randolph posted 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
Following an undefeated homestand, the Pacers will embark on a three-game road trip starting in Cleveland on Wednesday. Game time versus the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers is set for 7:00 p.m. from Quicken Loans Arena.