IKE DIOGU
Provided a strong inside presence, scoring 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, adding seven rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot off the bench.
RICK CARLISLE
"There were a lot of good things, but a couple of things hurt us. The 17 turnovers for 26 points was a huge difference-maker in the game. They're a good steals team so some of it was them and some of it was us. But we did a lot of good things. We had a high assist game, shared the ball, played the kind of game we need to play, we just need to make a few more shots and not turn it over quite as much."
Points in the Paint:
76ers 38, Pacers 36
Fast-break points:
Pacers 16, 76ers 15
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 10, 76ers 9
Points off turnovers:
76ers 26, Pacers 13
Starters scoring:
76ers 79, Pacers 59
Bench scoring:
Pacers 37, 76ers 21
Ex-Warriors Troy Murphy (18), Mike Dunleavy (17), Ike Diogu (17) and Keith McLeod (6) combined for 58 points, more than 60 percent of the Pacers' total offensive output.
The Pacers return to the road to face LeBron James and the Cavaliers Sunday in Cleveland (6 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • PHILADELPHIA 100, INDIANA 96
    Outmanned Pacers Battle But Lose

    By Conrad Brunner | March 10, 2007


    The end was all too familiar. The means, however, were refreshing.

    Missing three of their top six players (Jermaine O'Neal, Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels), the outmanned Pacers played with an effort and intensity missing throughout most of the past few weeks, battling to the wire before falling 100-96 to the surging Philadelphia 76ers Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    With O'Neal and Daniels out with left knee injuries and Tinsley suspended for violating team rules, the Pacers put forth an unselfish and balanced, if occasionally sloppy, offensive effort and offered much more defensive aggression than reflected by the 76ers' point total.

    The visitors outscored the Pacers 28-10 from the free-throw line and 26-13 on points off turnovers, decisive figures on a night when the team had no margin for error.

    The Pacers (29-32) dropped their eighth game in a row, their longest since the 1988-89 season – the second in the NBA for courtside visitor Reggie Miller, who was seated with former teammate LaSalle Thompson. They remain in seventh place in the Eastern Conference but have a lead of just one game over eighth-place Orlando.

    Philadelphia won its seventh in a row to improve to 25-38. The previous six wins in the streak all had come at home.


    PLUSES

    The ex-Warriors all were productive, led by Troy Murphy's 18 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal. Ike Diogu scored 17 with seven rebounds, a steal and a block off the bench. Mike Dunleavy scored 17 with four assists, three rebounds and a steal and Keith McLeod had his best game since joining the Pacers with six points and six assists in 25 minutes. Danny Granger scored 18 but struggled with his shot (7-of-17) and committed five turnovers. Orien Greene played by far his most effective game of the year with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench, providing a much-needed defensive lift on the perimeter. The Pacers shot 51.3 percent and outrebounded the Sixers 31-28.
    MINUSES
    When new player combinations are thrust together, turnovers are often a byproduct and they certainly haunted the Pacers, who committed 17. The Sixers shot 49.3 percent and committed just 12 turnovers. Andre Iguodala stayed hot, scoring 25 with five assists, five steals and four rebounds. Willie Green scored 16 of his 18 in the first half. Andre Miller had 16 points, eight assists and five steals. Kyle Korver scored 14 off the bench and Samuel Dalembert had 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
    MOMENTS
    Philadelphia took a 30-20 lead late in the first quarter but the Pacers responded with a 21-6 run, with 18 of the points coming from reserves, to take a 41-36 lead midway through the second. They held on or a 52-49 halftime lead then stretched it to 60-51 with an eight-point run early in the third quarter, with Murphy scoring six. Turnovers then bit the home team as they committed seven in the period, contributing to the Sixers' 15-4 run that gave the visitors a 78-71 lead early in the fourth.

    The Pacers' reserves again stepped forward to score seven in a row to tie it, but the Sixers scored six in a row, including a resounding fast-break dunk by Iguodala, to take a 90-84 lead with 2:08 remaining. Diogu scored inside and Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 92-89 but, just when it appeared the Pacers had come up with a critical defensive stop, Miller banged in a line-drive baseline jumper forced by an expiring shot clock and the visitors had a five-point lead with 50 seconds left.

    Granger made a pair of late 3-pointers that trimmed the margin but with Korver going 6-of-6 from the lien in the final seconds, the Sixers closed the door.


    TIDBITS
  • The 1988-89 Pacers had three losing streaks of nine or more, including a franchise record-tying 12-gamer.
  • The Pacers dropped to 2-5 in games O'Neal has missed.
  • This was the Pacers' fifth straight game against an opponent on a winning streak of three games or more.