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Hansbrough's big night can't save Pacers
By Conrad Brunner
Tyler Hansbrough did everything in his power to rally the Pacers, scoring 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to cut a 21-point deficit down to seven, but the comeback stalled and Philadelphia pulled out a 110-100 victory before 9,466 Tuesday in Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Pacers scored eight in a row to cut the deficit to 100-93 and Hansbrough came up with a steal on the ensuing defensive possession but A.J. Price missed a 3-pointer and Roy Hibbert threw the ball away after grabbing the offensive rebound and Indiana would get no closer.
Thaddeus Young led seven Philadelphia scorers in double figures with 18 off the bench.
The Pacers lost their fourth in a row to fall to 27-36 overall, 16-15 at home and 10-9 under interim coach Frank Vogel. They maintained their hold on eighth place in the East with a one-game lead over Charlotte, but fell six behind the seventh-place Sixers, who improved to 33-30 overall with their third straight win. Philadelphia has gone 30-17 since starting the season 3-13.
- "Our guys have to do better. They understand it, I understand it. Not getting it done defensively and not moving the ball enough. The guys we had in there, in the second half had great energy and thats how we want to play." -- Vogel
- "We sort of dug ourselves in a hole with the slow beginning. It was that kind of night. It seemed like they were hitting about everything. Offensively we just didnt have it going. We tried to get Tyler the ball because he was shooting well and had a great game." Pacers forward Paul George
- "We just all have to stick together, everyone as a team. On my part, I felt good going out and hitting my first few shots, gave me confidence. But Elton (Brand) hes a big guy and he always comes at you with a physical mentality. But again, we just got off to our sluggish start." Hansbrough
- "I really dont know what to say. They made a lot of shots early and they were jumpers, not so much lay-ups. And definitely our defensive pressure has to improve, especially in the first half for us to get out of this slump." Josh McRoberts
- "Hansbrough was unbelievable. That guy is a really, really good player. Hes really good." Sixers coach Doug Collins
STAT OF THE GAME
Philadelphia scored 65 in the first half, marking the fourth straight game in which the Pacers yielded at least 60. They've allowed an average of 65.5 points on 56.2 percent shooting in the first half in that span.
Considering this was the third time in the last four games the Pacers never led, there weren't many high points for the home team.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 22-9 lead the sixth time in the last eight losses the Pacers trailed by double figures in the first quarter. The Pacers scored eight in a row late in the second quarter to close to 60-53 but Lou Williams hit a 3-pointer and Marreese Speights scored on a putback as the Sixers closed the half with a 12-point lead.
The lead grew to 79-58 on an eight-point Philly run midway through the third and the Sixers maintained a comfortable cushion until the Pacers' late challenge.
BY THE NUMBERS
Hansbrough was on fire, hitting 11-of-14 shots, adding six rebounds and three steals to his 26 points, a total one shy of matching his career high. Hibbert scored 13 on 3-of-8 shooting, A.J. Price 12 and Dahntay Jones 11, the latter two off the bench. Danny Granger scored just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, scoring three points after intermission. Darren Collison scored eight of his 10 in the first quarter. The Pacers shot .486 but continued to struggle from the 3-point line (3-of-11) and once again had more turnovers (20) than assists (13). Indiana got 57 points from its reserves.
Young shot 9-of-13 and added nine rebounds to his 18 points. Andre Iguodala fell short of his third consecutive triple-double but had 16 points 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Jrue Holiday scored 16 with four steals but six turnovers. Jodie Meeks scored 15, while Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes had 12 apiece. The Sixers shot .511 overall and had 24 assists, outscoring the Pacers 15-5 on fast-break points and 60-40 in the paint.
- Every member of the Pacers to play tonight had at least two rebounds
- Led by Holiday's four, the Sixers had four players with multiple thefts and their 11 steals as a team represent the second game of 10-plus steals against Indiana in the last 14 games.
- Hitting all three tonight, Granger has made 43 straight free throws since missing one in the second quarter of the game vs. Phoenix Feb. 27.
- Granger has gone two straight games without a 3-pointer for the first time this season.
- Philadelphia's 15 free throw attempts tied the fewest by a Pacers' opponent this season, and are the fewest against Indiana since Toronto shot just 15 at Conseco Fieldhouse, Dec. 6.
The Pacers open another three-game road trip Wednesday against Kevin Love and the Timberwolves in Minnesota (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). Love will be trying to break Moses Malone's record for consecutive double-doubles. He's currently tied at 51.