Post-Game Grades: Indiana Pacers vs Philadelphia 76ers

IndianaPacers

105

Philadelphia76ers

109

The Indiana Pacers lost their fifth game of the season while giving the Philadelphia 76ers their first win.

The Good: The Indiana Pacers fought, like they always do. Fighting and getting 14 steals is good, but getting outrebounded 54-40 isn’t.

Unfortunately, it didn’t end the way they wanted. Nothing else good in this one.

The Bad: The Pacers are now the first team to lose to the Philadelphia this season. The game went to overtime (again) and will now have to battle tired legs with a game tomorrow night against Boston.

MVP: Joel Embiid. Shot poorly (6-18), but was the go-to guy down the stretch for the Sixers and willed them to their first victory of the season.

LVP: Myles Turner. Early foul trouble was the beginning of a rough night for Myles Turner. He struggled to be effective and had just 2 points through 4 quarters. Hit a big three in overtime, but soon after fouled out of the game.

X-Factor: Ersan Ilyasova. Played like a veteran and really was the catalyst for a late Sixers run after making a four-point play. He finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Paul George

Small Forward, Indiana Pacers

B

Sprained his thumb during the first half, but returned to the game. Finished with a team high 26 points on 9-20 shooting. Added 9 rebounds and 4 assists.

Monta Ellis

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

B

Took his demotion to the bench like a true professional. Responded well in the role, scoring 19 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Made some big defensive plays down the stretch, too, but it wasn’t enough.

Jeff Teague

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

C+

Played an efficient game, shooting 5-10 from the field for 13 points. Turned it over 4 times, but controlled the game at times with his speed.

Myles Turner

Center, Indiana Pacers

C-

Played 20 foul-plagued minutes. Struggled to find some rhythm. Only scored 5 points, but hit a big three-pointer in overtime. Added 5 rebounds and 1 block.

Thaddeus Young

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers

C+

Was reliable in his 7 shot-attempts, scoring 11 points. Knocked down a three-pointer. Grabbed 9 rebounds, but some of the loose balls just didn’t go his way.

C.J. Miles

Shooting Guard, Indiana Pacers

C

Made his first start of the season with Monta Ellis going to the bench. Scored 13 points on 4-9 shooting, but was lost at times on defense. It was a solid night for C.J. Only starter with a positive plus-minus rating (+9).

Al Jefferson

Center, Indiana Pacers

C

Scored 10 points off the bench with 3 rebounds in 22 minutes, but had his struggles on the defensive end containing the Sixers’ big men.

Lavoy Allen

Power Forward, Indiana Pacers

C

Had to guard Joel Embiid down the stretch, but got overpowered at times. Lead the Pacers in terms of plus-minus, posting a +14.

Aaron Brooks

Point Guard, Indiana Pacers

D

Struggled to contribute to the team. Didn’t record any assists in 18 minutes, and only scored 2 points.

Kevin Seraphin

Center, Indiana Pacers

C

Came in due to foul trouble for Myles Turner and Al Jefferson. Played some really impressive defense on Joel Embiid, and made a couple strong finishes around the rim. Picked up 4 quick fouls, but had 4 points in 7 minutes.

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