Marcus Thornton missed a potential game-tying three-point attempt and the Indiana Pacers held on for a 97-92 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
The Kings fell behind early, going down 11 points during the first quarter, but Jimmer Fredette scored six points in the final 37 seconds to pull the Kings within three. Sacramento had a two-point lead late in the first half, but Indiana closed the quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 43-40 halftime lead.
The teams traded runs in the second half, but Sacramento wasn't quite able to get over the hump. The Kings pulled within four points several times during the fourth quarter, but Indiana always seemed to have an answer. Two Thornton free throws brought the Kings within two at 94-92 with 11.5 seconds to play, but once again, Indiana responded.
George Hill made the first of two free throw attempts, but missed the second, giving the Kings another shot. Thornton, however, missed his three-point attempt with 4.9 seconds to play and two more Hill free throws clinched the victory for the Pacers.
The loss dropped the Kings to 1-2 on their three-game homestand. They will travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Saturday.