Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 7:30 PM EDT at Wells Fargo Center
Game Preview: IND at PHI
Scott Agness | March 16, 2013
Following a pair of home games, the Pacers are back on the road for their next two, beginning with the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night in The City of Brotherly Love. The 76ers, a group 16 games under .500, have lost 13 of their last 15 games, including six of seven.
On the stat sheet, Philadelphia hovers near the bottom of the league in nearly every key statistic. Their assists are above average (11th in the league) and so is their three-point percentage (.359, tied for 12th). They are a very balanced unit, with six guys averaging double figure scoring. All-Star guard Jrue Holiday leads the bunch with almost 19 points and nine assists per contest.
Forward Thaddeus Young, who missed five straight games with a hamstring in early February, including the Pacers’ last meeting, has recorded a double-double in three consecutive games. Though the Pacers held him to just two points in their last meeting, Ohio State product Evan Turner is worth 13.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game.
Center Andrew Bynum has yet to appear in a Philadelphia uniform. In the offseason, he was acquired in a four-team trade but has to play remains out indefinitely due to bilateral bone bruises and weakened cartilage in his knees.
The Pacers face the 76ers once more this season, on April 17th to close out the regular-season slate.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
76ers: Andrew Bynum (out, bilateral knee bone bruises), Jason Richardson (out, left knee surgery)
- The Pacers have won nine of the last 13 meetings, including both matchups this season.
- Philadelphia has lost five of its past seven home games.
- Sixers trainer Kevin Johnson attended Indiana State, was an assistant trainer for the Colts and later for the Pacers under David Craig from 1990-1994.
The Pacers closed out a daunting task, the league’s only three games in three nights schedule, with an 88-69 victory in Philadelphia. It wasn’t a pretty game for either team, but the Pacers made the best of it. They went on an 11-2 run to start the second half to take a double figure lead, and they held 76ers to a season-low 69 points on the night.
Roy Hibbert led the Pacers with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Paul George and George Hill each dropped in 15. 76ers guard Jrue Holiday scored a game-high 19 points, but on 7-of-22 shooting. Rookie forward Arnett Moultrie scored a career-high 12 points in 21 minutes and Spencer Hawes contributed six points and 10 rebounds.
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