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Bagley's fast start helps Kings race past Pacers 104-93

Sacramento Kings' Marvin Bagley III dunks during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, ...
Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes (22) passes the ball between Indiana Pacers' Oshae Brissett (12) and Doug McDermott (20) during the first half of an ...
Indiana Pacers' Oshae Brissett (12) dunks against Sacramento Kings' Delon Wright (55) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, May 5...
Sacramento Kings' Marvin Bagley III (35) shoots over Indiana Pacers' Oshae Brissett (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Ma...
Sacramento Kings' Delon Wright (55) is defended by Indiana Pacers' T.J. McConnell (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, May 5...
Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis (11) goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball gam...
Indiana Pacers' T.J. McConnell (9) tries to settle assistant coach Greg Foster during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sa...
Indiana Pacers' Doug McDermott (20) passes the ball as Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes (22) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game ...

Sacramento Kings' Marvin Bagley III dunks during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, ...

Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes (22) passes the ball between Indiana Pacers' Oshae Brissett (12) and Doug McDermott (20) during the first half of an ...

Indiana Pacers' Oshae Brissett (12) dunks against Sacramento Kings' Delon Wright (55) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, May 5...

Sacramento Kings' Marvin Bagley III (35) shoots over Indiana Pacers' Oshae Brissett (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Ma...

Sacramento Kings' Delon Wright (55) is defended by Indiana Pacers' T.J. McConnell (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, May 5...

Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis (11) goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes (22) during the second half of an NBA basketball gam...

Indiana Pacers' T.J. McConnell (9) tries to settle assistant coach Greg Foster during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sa...

Indiana Pacers' Doug McDermott (20) passes the ball as Sacramento Kings' Richaun Holmes (22) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game ...

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marvin Bagley III kept Sacramento's slim playoff hopes alive Wednesday night with a breakthrough game by scoring a season-high 31 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the the Kings past the Indiana Pacers 104-93.

Delon Wright added 23 points as Sacramento won its fourth straight — all on the road — and swept the two-game series with the Pacers for the first time in five years. The Kings started the game 3 1/2 games behind San Antonio in the chase for the West's final play-in spot.

Indiana was led by Domantas Sabonis, who fell just short of his eighth triple-double this season with 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. The Pacers were trying to become the first team since Phoenix in 2009 to top the 140-point mark in three consecutive games.

But after missing 85 games over the past two seasons with injuries, Bagley finally delivered the kind of performance the Kings had been expecting for nearly three full seasons. He had 24 points and eight rebounds while making 12 of 17 shots in the first half to help stake Sacramento to a 56-47 halftime lead.

His teammates took care of the rest. Buddy Hield and Richaun Holmes spurred an early second-half scoring flurry that put the Kinds in complete control midway through the third quarter with a 76-56 lead.

Indiana never recovered.

TIP-INS

Kings: Wright also had seven rebounds, six assists and six steals. ... Hield finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. He also made four 3-pointers, giving him 260 this season. ... Holmes added 12 points. ... Terence Davis II had 10 points and six rebounds off the bench. ... Sacramento has won six of its last eight.

Pacers: Caris LeVert scored 14 points and T.J. McConnell had 11 points, seven assists and three steals. ... Indiana committed 21 turnovers. ... The Pacers are 11-20 at home this season and had allowed 109 or more points in 17 of their previous 18 games. ... Indiana already has broken the franchise's single-season record for 3-pointers and made nine more Wednesday to give it 788. ... The Pacers are 0-8 when scoring fewer than 100 points.

BJORKGREN RESPONDS

One day after ESPN reported coach Nate Bjorkgren faces an uncertain future with Indiana, the new coach blamed himself for any communication problems with players and those in the organization.

“You know I don’t make excuses for things," he told reporters before the game. “I’m a young coach. I’m learning, I’m growing and I’m trying to be better. This is on me. I’m the head coach and fingers should be pointed at me. I love coaching this team and the relationships with these coaches and players, I've just got to keep getting better."

MISSING OUT

Both teams played severely short-handed. Sacramento won despite being without De’Aron Fox (health and safety protocols), Tyrese Haliburton (left knee), Robert Woodard II (lower back), Harrison Barnes (left shoulder) or Chimezie Metu (lower back). Indiana was missing Myles Turner and T.J. Warren, who have foot injuries, Jeremy Lamb and Edmond Sumner with left knee injuries, Malcolm Brogdon with a sore right hamstring and JaKarr Sampson, who has a concussion.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host San Antonio on Thursday, following a four-game road trip.

Pacers: Will try to win its seventh straight home game against Atlanta on Thursday.

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Updated : 2021-06-21 01:10 GMT+08:00