Pacers 88, 76ers 69

Weary or not, the Indiana Pacers found the energy to beat the

Philadelphia 76ers.

Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pacers to

an 88-69 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

The Central Division-leading Pacers won their third game in

three nights. Paul George, George Hill and David West each scored

15 for the Pacers, the only team to play back-to-back-to-back games

this season.

“We got in here before the game and we just looked each other in

the eyes, and I knew it,” George said of a team meeting. “I knew we

had to go out, fight for each other, rely on each other and do

everything possible to get a win.”

Indiana has won five in a row overall to move a season-best 12

games above .500. The Pacers snapped a three-game road losing

streak and won for just the third time in 10 games away from

home.

“We got ourselves up for this one in the locker room before the

game,” West said. “We had to. A lot of guys didn’t have a lot out

there physically, and we had to lean on each other. But we did

that, we relied on defense, and slowing the game down, and we got

it done.”

Jrue Holiday had 17 points for the Sixers, who saw their

season-best three-game winning streak end.

Rookie Arnett Moultrie had a season-high 12 points and Lavoy

Allen added 12.

“We looked like a team that played 10 games in 10 nights,”

Sixers coach Doug Collins said. “That’s the kind of energy we had

tonight. We were not mentally into the game.”

Moultrie, a first-round pick, has been a deep reserve this

season. He got extended action because forward Thad Young was

injured on Monday night.

The Pacers broke it open in third quarter with a 9-0 run. Hill

hit a 3-pointer and George finished it off with a pair of free

throws to make it 48-36.

Minutes later, George threw down a dunk off an alley-oop pass

from Hibbert for a 54-42 lead. The Sixers didn’t get any closer

than nine points the rest of the way.

“Our tanks were on E, but our team is a very, very mentally

tough team. And we proved it tonight,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel

said. “It never felt like it was easy during the game. Philly plays

extremely hard and they are very, very well coached. Obviously they

are undermanned. You have to call it like it is. But they still

have to go out and win, and they still have an All-Star running the

show for them, and I’m proud of our guys for getting the win.”

The teams combined for 33 points and shot 28.6 percent (16 for

56) in the first quarter. It didn’t get much better in the

second.

Dorell Wright made the play of the night midway through the

quarter after blocking Tyler Hansbrough’s shot at the defensive

end. He followed it up with a no-look alley-oop pass to Moultrie

for a slam to electrify the sparse crowd at the Wells Fargo

Center.

West hit a jumper to send the Pacers into halftime up 37-34.

Notes: The Pacers played three straight games because of a

makeup against Chicago on Monday night. … Young is expected to

miss three weeks with his left hamstring injury. … Sixers guard

Jason Richardson went to New York to get a third opinion on his

injured left knee. Collins said he couldn’t comment on a report

that Richardson will have season-ending knee surgery. … The

Sixers fell to 4-2 during an eight-game homestand. … Indiana is

23-2 when allowing less than 80 points.