Pacers 107, 76ers 96

The Indiana Pacers made it look easy without their top scorer in
the lineup.

With Danny Granger suspended one game by the NBA for his part in
an altercation in Phoenix on Saturday, the Pacers used Dahntay
Jones’ 25 points and Brandon Rush’s 24 to beat the Philadelphia
76ers 107-96 on Tuesday night.

Troy Murphy had 19 points, Roy Hibbert scored 12 and T.J. Ford
added 11 for the Pacers (21-43), who snapped a four-game losing
streak and won for just the second time in nine games.

“We have guys that are capable of scoring and making the right
plays,” Jones said. “When we found out Danny was not playing, we
just took advantage of the opportunity.”

The Pacers had 32 assists on their 42 made field goals. They
turned the ball over just 10 times, compared to Philadelphia’s 21
turnovers.

“We took advantage of moving the ball,” Jones said. “Our
guards did a good job of distributing the ball and taking the right
shots. It was a good team effort.”

Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and Samuel Dalembert added 16
points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the 76ers (23-40).
Philadelphia has dropped six of eight since Allen Iverson left the
team for personal reasons.

“We did not do enough to win,” 76ers coach Eddie Jordan said.
“We did enough to hang around a bit, but not win.”

The 76ers, who trailed by 12 in the third quarter, cut the
deficit to 94-88 on Dalembert’s jumper with 4 minutes left in the
game. Indiana answered with Ford’s layup and Rush’s 3-pointer to
regain a double-digit lead. Rush hit 3-of-5 shots and both his free
throw attempts in the final period for nine points.

“The guys were looking for me tonight and they were setting
good screens,” Rush said. “We had great ball movement, so that
opened up everything.”

The first half included eight lead changes and seven ties, and
neither team led by more than eight points. The 76ers took their
biggest advantage, 40-32, on Rodney Carney’s 3-pointer early in the
second quarter. Indiana fought back to take a 54-52 lead into the
break.

Despite shooting 31 percent from the field in the third quarter,
the Pacers extended their lead to 74-62 on Jones’ layup.
Philadelphia shot 35 percent in the period and missed all five of
its 3-point attempts.

“Give them credit,” said 76ers guard Willie Green, who
finished with 13 points. “I think we played a well-rounded game.
Both teams are hungry and want to get some wins and gain some
momentum. Tonight, I thought they forced their will a little more
than we did.”

Murphy said it took a complete team effort playing without
Granger.

“We knew there were going to be some extra shots to go around,
and guys stepped up and took the shots and knocked them down,”
Murphy said. “Every time it felt like they were making a little
run, Brandon would hit a shot or T.J. would knock one down and kind
of put them out of their misery.”

NOTES: Granger, who averages 23.1 points, was penalized for
fighting with Phoenix’s Channing Frye. Pacers G Earl Watson and
Hibbert were fined by the league for their roles in the
incident.