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Indiana Pacers defeats Sacramento Kings in the first-ever NBA match played in India


In the first-ever NBA match played in India, Indiana Pacers edged past Sacramento Kings 132-131 in a thrilling contest. Played at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai, the match was played in extra time after it ended in a draw at the end of 4th quarter.

After the regulation time ended at 118-118, the match was decided in the extra five minutes when the Pacers, who were trailing throughout the match, went ahead for the first time. For Kings, a two-pointer by Marvin Bagley in the dying seconds of the game also could not seal the deal for them. In the additional time, it was T Warren took the lead for Pacers with a three-pointer to take his side 121-118 ahead, but the Kings bounced back with Harrison Barnes grabbing two points. However, Domantas Sabons with a two-pointer again, took the Pacers ahead 123-120. And once again it was Warren with a two-pointer took Pacers ahead, but the Kings came back but finally it was a lay-up shot by Sabons that sealed the game for his side.

Founded in 1967 the Indiana Pacers compete in the Eastern Conference of the NBA, which they joined in 1976. They got their name from their base city Indianapolis. The franchise is currently owned by Herbert Simon, an American real-estate developer based in Indianapolis. The Indiana Pacers won three American Basketball Association Championships in 1970, 1972 and 1973. But after joining the NBA,  the Pacers did not have much success. They have failed to win a single title in the last 43 years. They came closest in 2000, reaching the playoff finals, where they were beaten four games to two by an LA Lakers side.

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PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.


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