Bogdanovic leads Pacers to 101-83 rout of Kings
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 01, 2017 09:48 AM
Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) drives on Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
By Philip B. Wilson, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points to lead a balanced Indiana offence and help the Pacers to a 101-83 rout of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
The Pacers (4-3) scored the first nine points and built a 55-30 lead at the half.
Indiana second-year forward Domantas Sabonis, coming off a personal-best 22 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, had a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He finished with a career-high 16 rebounds in addition to 12 points and five assists.
Rookie guard De’Aaron Fox led the Kings (1-6) off the bench with 18 points.
Kings: Five different players have led Sacramento in scoring in seven games. This was the third time Fox has had the most points. … They’ve been out-rebounded in each of their six losses, and by a combined 283-198.
Pacers: Guard Victor Oladipo, acquired with Sabonis in an offseason trade that sent All-Star guard Paul George to Oklahoma City, had led his team in scoring in the previous six games. … Third-year forward/center Myles Turner missed his sixth consecutive start due to a concussion and sore neck, but is close to returning after completing a normal practice workout on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
Each team has a starting point guard who used to suit up for the other side. Pacers point guard Darren Collison, in his second stint with Indiana, played the previous three seasons for the Kings. Indianapolis native and longtime Pacers fan favorite George Hill returned to face his hometown team, which traded the point guard to Utah in a three-team, offseason deal in 2016. Hill, who had played five seasons for the Pacers, signed with the Kings in the offseason and has averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 assists in five starts. Hill averaged a career-high 16.9 points for the Jazz last season.
BOGDANOVIC TIMES TWO
They share the same, unusual, lengthy last name, but aren’t related. Small forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who signed as a free agent with the Pacers for his fourth NBA season, is from Croatia. Kings rookie shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, three years younger at 25, is from Serbia.
Kings: Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) they travel to Boston, which hasn’t lost at home to Sacramento since 2007.
Pacers: Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) they travel to Cleveland to face the LeBron James.