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January 19, 2012
Tip Sheet: Fourth quarter defense keys win over Pacers

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PHOTO CREDIT: Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas (22) pumps up the crowd against the Indiana Pacers during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday. Steve Yeater. Associated Press.

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Last night's game: The Sacramento Kings defeated the Indiana Pacers 92-88 on Wednesday at the Power Balance Pavilion. View the box score.

Game coverage:

  • "Exactly how the Kings pulled out this victory was puzzling to their coach and even some of their players," Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) writes in today's newspaper recap.
  • "Kings coach Keith Smart prefers to get in a practice upon arrival on trips where his team flies east," Jones writes in today's newspaper.
  • Jones, in a blog post this morning, writes about Smith's success going small.
  • "Effort, energy and adrenalin rushes remain constants in NBA victories," writes Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) in a post-game blog post.
  • "Was Indiana just careless with the ball and cold from the floor, or did the Kings' defense force the Pacers into those mistakes?," asks Tom Ziller (@teamziller) in a blog post for SB Nation affiliate Sactown Royalty.
  • "The Kings were much more cohesive when playing in the zone than they normally are on man-to-man," writes Akis Yerocostas (@Aykis16) in a blog post for SB Nation affiliate Sactown Royalty.
  • "The Kings final five against the Pacers was a magnificent bunch," writes Scott Levin (@KingsSLev) writes in a blog post for FanSided affiliate A Royal Pain.
  • Jonathan Santiago (@itsJONsantiago) and James Ham (@James_Ham) break down last night's game in a blog post for TrueHoop Network affiliate Cowbell Kingdom.
  • The Kings "went to a zone defense and let the Pacers shoot their way out of the game," writes Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) in today's Indianapolis Star.
  • "The Kings were a desperate team and that desperation showed up with a boost off the bench," writes Tom Lewis (@IndyCornrows) in a blog post for SB Nation affiliate Indy Cornrows.
  • "This was a players' loss - all of the players - but, hey, at least they did it as a unit," writes Tim Donahue in a blog post for TrueHoop Network affiliate Eight Points, Nine Seconds.
  • View the photo gallery by José Luis Villegas.
  • View the snapshot photo gallery by Blake Ellington (@blakeellington).
  • View the video highlights at

More news and analysis:

  • The Kings have "shown a resilience and cohesion" since the firing Paul Westphal and hiring of Smart, writes Sekou Smith (@SekouSmithNBA) in a blog post on the Hang Time Blog for
  • "The Kings as a team have definitely been worse than expected, but if there is one group that has been better than the rest, it's the bigs," writes Yerocostas in a blog post for SB Nation affiliate Sactown Royalty.

Arena coverage:

Tweets of the day:

Online coverage from The Bee this season:

LIVE CHATS: Join The Bee's Matt Kawahara for in-game chats during every Kings home game, just before tipoff right through the final buzzer.

VIDEOS: Find out what some Kings players and coach Paul Westphal have to say about the upcoming season - and much more.

BLOG: Stay up to date on the team's happenings with Jason Jones, Ailene Voisin and Matt Kawahara on The Bee's Kings blog.

FACEBOOK: "Like" the Sacramento Kings Corner page and join Bee staffers and fans in discussions about the team and players.

TWITTER: Follow The Bee's Jason Jones for up-to-the-minute developments, in-game updates and much more about the Kings.

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