Mumbai | Jagran Sports Desk: In the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) debut game in India, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Sacramento Kings by 132-131 in a thrilling contest on Friday.  

The match was extended for five minutes after the regulation time ended at 118-118. In the extended period, the pacers defeated the Kings.  

For Kings, a two-pointer by Marvin Bagley (overall 12 points) in the dying seconds of the game also could not seal the deal for them.

In the additional time, it was T Warren (overall 30 points) took the lead for Pacers with a three-pointer to take his side 121-118 ahead, but the Kings bounced back with Harrison Barnes (overall 21 points) grabbing two points.

But after that Domantas Sabons with his two-pointer took the pacers ahead 123-120.

The first-ever NBA game in India turned out to be a good outing for the Pacers at the NSCI. They went ahead with two back-to-back baskets (two pointers) to take a 4-3 lead but then it was Kings' show at a jam-packed NSCI.

The first-quarter ended with the Kings enjoying a 10-point lead at 39-29.

In the second quarter, the pacers made a come back but it ended in the favour of the Kings as they extended their lead to 72-59.

The Pacers, however, equalised with the scoreline reading 76-77 in the third quarter.

The pacers continued their show and the managed to draw level at 118-118 apiece after the regulation time and force the game into additional time.

The second pre-season game of the tour will be played on Saturday, while the regular season begins on October 22.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma