Kings eclipse Pacers after furious fourth-quarter comeback

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Kings eclipse Pacers after furious fourth-quarter comeback

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SACRAMENTO -- Marcus Thornton scored 17 points and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers 92-88 Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.Francisco Garcia scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Kings outscored the Pacers 26-8 in the period. DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points and tied a career-high with 19 rebounds for Sacramento, which shot 30 percent.Darren Collison and Danny Granger scored 16 points each for Indiana, which snapped a three-game winning streak. David West and Roy Hibbert added 13 points each and Paul George had 10 points and nine rebounds.The Pacers shot 3 for 16 shots in the final period and had nine turnovers. Neither team had a field goal in the final 3:24.

Ahead 90-87, the Kings fouled Granger intentionally with 5.6 seconds left. Granger made the first free throw but his lane violation gave the ball back to the Kings. Garcia made two free throws a second later to seal the victory.Garcia made two free throws with 2:20 left, giving the Kings an 88-87 lead, their first advantage since midway through the second quarter. Fouled again with 54 seconds left, Garcia made 1 of 2 free throws for an 89-87 lead.The Kings opened the fourth quarter in a zone defense that seemingly bothered the Pacers. Indiana began the final period by missing 8 of 11 shots and squandered its big lead.Sacramento went on a 10-2 run to begin the fourth. Tyreke Evans was fouled on an off-balance layup in traffic, and his three-point play pulled the Kings to 82-76 with just over two minutes gone in the quarter.After a quiet first half, Collison got going in the third quarter. The speedy point guard scored 13 points to help Indiana outscore the Kings 30-21 and take an 80-66 lead heading into the fourth.Collison, who had two first-half points, opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and a layup off a steal. A basket by George put the Pacers ahead 63-50 at the 8:32 mark.Both West and Hibbert scored 11 points in the the opening half when the Pacers led 50-45. Cousins had nine points and 12 rebounds, including 10 at the offensive end, for the Kings, who shot a dismal 33 percent.NOTES: Granger, the Pacers' leading scorer, came into the game shooting 33 percent. ... Jason Thompson made his first start of the season, replacing J.J. Hickson at forward for the Kings. ... Cousins missed all five shots and two free throws in the opening quarter, but had six rebounds in seven minutes. ... Kings rookie Jimmer Fredette continues to struggle with his shot, missing all four attempts and going scoreless in six minutes. He entered the game shooting just over 34 percent.

Report: Galloway to opt out of deal, opening up more cap space for Kings

Report: Galloway to opt out of deal, opening up more cap space for Kings

SACRAMENTO -- In an unexpected move, published reports have Sacramento Kings guard Langston Galloway opting out of the final year of his contract that would have paid the 25-year-old $5.4 million next season.

Galloway was acquired by the Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal during All-Star weekend. The third-year pro averaged 6.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 19 games for Sacramento, while shooting a robust 47.5 percent from long range.

With the move, Sacramento moves an estimated $56 million under the salary cap for the 2017-18 season with a team option on Arron Afflalo for $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout. If Afflalo isn’t retained, the Kings can move $67 million under the salary cap with just seven players under contract.

Galloway joins a growing list of veterans to leave the Kings since the end of the season. Rudy Gay declined his $14.3 million player option earlier in the month and Sacramento chose to waive forward Anthony Tolliver and pay his $2 million buyout instead of a $8 million contract for next year.

Mike Scotto of BasketballInsiders.com was first with the news.

Report: Kings reject Lakers' offer to swap lottery picks

Report: Kings reject Lakers' offer to swap lottery picks

In their attempt to offer a package to Indiana for Paul George, the Lakers came knocking on the Kings' door.

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Kings weren't interested in what they had to offer.

According to TNT, the Lakers offered the No. 2 pick to the Kings for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks.

The Kings reportedly rejected the offer.

The Lakers' plan appearantly was to take one of the two picks acquired from the Kings, package it with the No. 27 and No. 28 picks they owned and a player on their roster in an offer for George.

It appears they'll have to find a different avenue to get George to LA.