Thaddeus Young had a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Sacramento Kings 107-97 Saturday night.

Playing their 10th straight game without injured All-Star Victor Oladipo, the Pacers relied on defense and scoring balance. Myles Turner contributed nine points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, while Domantas Sabonis and Darren Collison each scored 14 points, Cory Joseph added 11 and Tyreke Evans and Doug McDermott finished with 10 apiece.

Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) and Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) go for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) and Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) go for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Buddy Hield scored 20 points and De’Aaron Fox added 18 points and six assists for the Kings, who shot 42 percent as their three-game win streak ended. Sacramento, which entered shooting 48 percent from the field this season, was held to 42 percent.

Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

With each squad playing the second of a back-to-back set, the game lacked the dizzying pace of the teams’ meeting of a week ago which was won by Sacramento 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 the stretch, and the Pacers moved ahead 100-85 with 4:14 to go.

Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) goes up for a dunk between Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) and center Myles Turner (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) goes up for a dunk between Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) and center Myles Turner (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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.

Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Sacramento built a 12-point advantage shortly after, but Sabonis, who missed Friday’s 112-90 win at Orlando due to illness and had been listed as questionable, brought the Pacers back in a three-possession sequence. The 6-foot-10 big man 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.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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

TIP-INS

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, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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. . Prized rookie Marvin Bagley III fouled out for the first time.

Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III (10) is fouled by Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III (10) is fouled by Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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.

Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) shoots over Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

UP NEXT:

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

Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan questions a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan questions a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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

Sacramento Kings head coach David Joerger gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Sacramento Kings head coach David Joerger gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Source: The Associated Press

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