Rewind: Pacers vs. 76ers 120109
Jan. 9, 2012 at Philadelphia
Game Rewind: Sixers 96, Pacers 86
Missing two key players heading into the game and three by the end, the Pacers challenged but couldn't conquer the streaking 76ers, falling 96-86 Monday in the Wells Fargo Center.
Danny Granger (food poisoning) and George Hill (sore lower back) did not play and Tyler Hansbrough could not finish after taking an elbow to the right eye late in the third quarter. The shorthanded Pacers (6-3) had a two-game win streak snapped.
The Sixers (6-2) won their fifth in a row and first this season against an opponent with a winning record.
Indiana trailed by 15 midway through the third quarter, and closed to six four times in the fourth quarter but could get no closer.
BY THE NUMBERS
Roy Hibbert led the Pacers in scoring for the second game in a row with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding eight rebounds. David West had a season-high 15 points with 11 rebounds for his third double-double. Paul George had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists but committed five turnovers and shot just 4-of-16. Dahntay Jones scored 12 and Hansbrough 10 for the Pacers, who shot .366 and committed 10 of their 16 turnovers in the second half.
Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 20 points, adding nine rebounds and five assists. Lou Williams scored 13 with six assists, while Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young each had 12 points and eight boards. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and eight rebounds. The Sixers shot 50 percent, outrebounded the Pacers 48-43 and had a 41-19 advantage in bench scoring.
The Pacers led 15-10 midway through the first quarter as the starters played well out of the gate but the Sixers' second unit changed things quickly, sparking runs of 10-0 and 11-0 to give Philly a 31-20 lead early in the second quarter.
With Tyler Hansbrough providing a spark off the bench, the Pacers countered with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 31-29 but the Sixers did not give up the lead and took a 45-40 advantage into the locker room. The Pacers shot .378 for the half, while the Sixers outrebounded them 27-19 and had a 22-11 edge in bench scoring.
A dunk by Paul George early in the third quarter cut the lead to 54-51 but the Pacers, who committed just six turnovers in the first half, committed five in a row as the Sixers put together a 15-3 run that opened a 69-54 lead. The Pacers went without a field goal for nearly 5½ minutes during that run.
A 3-pointer by George and a three-point play from Hansbrough cut it to 69-60 and the Sixers took a 73-64 lead into the fourth quarter. The Pacers repeatedly cut the deficit to six, the last being 90-86 with 2:03 remaining but couldn't come up with the plays at either end to get closer.
Hansbrough entered the game without an assist this season but had two in the first quarter. He left late in the third quarter after taking an Iguodala elbow to the right eye while battling for a rebound. … Lance Stephenson returned after missing two games with a sprained ankle and scored his first basket of the season on a layup with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. Stephenson had missed his first nine attempts. … Though Granger sprained his left ankle in Saturday's win over Charlotte, he missed the game due to food poisoning. "He woke up at 5 in the morning feeling completely lousy," said Vogel, who moved Dahntay Jones into the starting lineup. … Hill was in uniform but available only for emergency duty after bruising his lower back when he was slammed to the floor by the Bobcats' Gerald Henderson. … Hibbert played despite spraining his right ankle in the Charlotte game.
The Pacers return home to face the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM) in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Hawks with a 114-102 win on April 8, 2011 as Granger scored 28. Indiana hasn't beaten Atlanta twice in a row since 2008.