Johnson Lifts Pacers Over Sixers
By Dan Savage
July 9, 2012


ORLANDO – When the Pacers acquired Orlando Johnson during the 2012 NBA Draft, they were looking to add additional depth to their backcourt.

With the way the second round selection out of UC Santa Barbara performed during the first day of the AirTran Airways Orlando Pro Summer League, the Pacers may have found exactly what they were looking for.

Johnson erupted for a game-high 19 points to go along with nine rebounds to lift Indiana to a 69-63 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored 15 of his points in the second half, including a game-clinching jumper with 13.8 seconds left.

Lance Stephenson added 13 points and six assists for the Pacers, while the team’s first round pick, Miles Plumlee, notched nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Sixers received solid production from rookie Maurice Harkless, the 15th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft. The reigning Big East Rookie of the Year poured in nine points, while grabbing five boards.

Jacob Pullen led the squad with 15 points, while Xavier Silas and Justin Holiday each added 10.