Pacers 88, 76ers 69
Weary or not, the Indiana Pacers found the energy to beat the
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
“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
“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
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
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
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.