While DeMarcus Cousins delivered his usual double-double (21 points, 13 rebounds), and Marcus Thornton almost single-handedly rallied the Kings with 26 points and four 3-pointers, the Kings shot just 36.3 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range. In the extra 10 minutes, they were even worse — just 3 of 19 from the field overall.
"I thought they competed at a really high level and we just didn't pull it out," Sacramento coach Keith Smart said.
The problem wasn't lack of effort.
Sacramento cut Indiana's 14-point halftime lead to eight after the third quarter and to one when Chuck Hayes hit an 11-foot jumper with 1:07 left in regulation.
West made it 91-88 with an 11-footer, and Thornton finally tied the score at 91 with 48.6 seconds to go.
Indiana had four chances to take the late lead in those final seconds, missing all four shots. Thornton, too, had a chance to give Sacramento the lead on a fast break, but George cut in front of him and caused an errant shot.
So the game went to overtime.
Lance Stephenson's 3 and Hibbert's 6-footer gave Indiana a 96-93 lead with 41.2 seconds left, but Thornton tied it again with a 3 and Hill and Hibbert couldn't get their potentially winning shots to go before the buzzer sounded, forcing another overtime.
"It's going to come," Vogel said of the Pacers offense. "We're working some new faces in there. Gerald and Lance haven't been in our rotations and George Hill is coming along."
He certainly demonstrated that two minutes into the second overtime when he broke the tie with a 6-foot runner and then was awarded a layup when Cousins was called for goaltending. That made it 100-96 with 1:44 left, all the Pacers had to do was close it out with defense.
"I wasn't making shots, my teammates were not making shots," West said. "But we were able to keep pushing and get the win in a very nasty game."
NOTES: It was Indiana's first double overtime game since Dec. 19, 2008. .... Granger missed his third straight game with a sore left knee. ... The Kings have now been the opponent for three home openers — all on the road. ... Saturday's game marked a homecoming of sorts for Kings coach Keith Smart, who became famous for making the winning shot in Indiana's 1987 national championship game victory. ... WNBA Finals MVP Tamika Catchings attended the Pacers home opener.