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November 30, 2012
Kings vs. Pacers: Five things to watch

For the second time this week the Kings face an opponent they played from their season-opening road trip.

The Kings lost in double overtime, 106-98, Nov. 3 in Indiana.

So here are five things the Kings can take from that loss and either repeat or avoid tonight at Sleep Train Arena.

1. Force mistakes: The Kings rallied to force overtime with their defense. The Kings had a season-high 15 steals in forcing 24 total turnovers. Eight different players had a steal for Sacramento.

2. Rebound better: The Kings were outrebounded 67-47. Three Pacers (Roy Hibbert, David West, Paul George) grabbed 45 of those rebounds. The Kings have to be more aggressive pursuing the ball.

3. Find the hot hand: Marcus Thornton should have been featured more this game. He was hot, but in the second overtime didn't touch the ball until he grabbed a defensive rebound. Thornton ended up shooting 9 of 21, but his clutch shooting was the reason the Kings were able to force two overtimes.

4. Attack smarter: DeMarcus Cousins took 27 shots, but made only nine against the bigger Hibbert. Trying to back down one of the tallest players in the league isn't the way to go. If Cousins is to score on Hibbert, he needs to step out and try to drive by Hibbert.

5. Speed up the game: The Pacers have struggled to score most of the season. If the Kings can score 100-plus, they will be in good position to win.

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