Player of the Game
A.J. PRICE
Rookie guard scored all 17 of his points in the final 15 minutes as he attempted to rally the Pacers down the stretch.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Diener DNP -9
Dunleavy +4 -43
Ford DNP -203
Foster DNP -9
Granger -17 -62
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head -8 +23
Hibbert -15 -79
D. Jones +4 -165
S. Jones +1 -133
McRoberts DNP -20
Murphy +1 -235
Price +2 -10
Rush -10 -135
Watson -12 -66
Noteworthy
  • Sixers starting point guard Jrue Holiday needed 12 stitches to close a gash over his right eye after hitting his head on the floor after colliding with Earl Watson in the first quarter.
  • Tyler Hansbrough (inner ear infection) missed his fourth straight game and 11th in 15, while Jeff Foster (back missed his 19th straight.
  • Troy Murphy (11 points, 12 rebounds) had his seventh double-double in nine games and 18th of the season.
  • The Pacers and the Red Cross presented a check for $18,000 for Haiti Relief at halftime.
  • Mike Dunleavy donated $14,000 Friday night, $1,000 for every point he scored, also for Haiti Relief.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Sixers 36, Pacers 34
    Fast-break points:
    Pacers 15, Sixers 14
    Second-chance points:
    Sixers 16, Pacers 9
    Points off turnovers:
    Sixers 27, Pacers 8
    Starters scoring:
    Pacers 57, Sixers 55
    Bench scoring:
    Sixers 52, Pacers 40
    Stat of the Night
    Danny Granger attempted just one shot in the first half while Brandon Rush scored 14 points. Rush went scoreless in the second half, attempting just two shots, as Granger scored 17.
    Up Next
    The Pacers and Sixers meet again Monday night in Philadelphia. (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • END RESULT
    If the Pacers were indeed a tired team, as Coach Jim O'Brien suggested afterward, they were playing the wrong opponent. Philadelphia's waves of athletic, explosive players overwhelmed the Pacers 107-97 before 16,074 Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse. Elton Brand scored 23 and his backup, Thaddeus Young, scored 22 off the bench. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 22 and A.J. Price scored 11 of his 17 in the fourth quarter when the Pacers attempted to rally from a 16-point deficit.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers failed to follow up a promising win in Detroit the night before and dropped to 15-29 overall, 10-11 at home and 3-11 on the second night of back-to-backs. The Sixers won their second in a row and fifth in eight games to improve to 15-28 overall, 8-14 on the road.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • “Our guys played exhausted and we got outplayed, no question about it. Our guys are exhausted and they should be. We just played a five week schedule that is taxing. Everyone goes through a schedule that is challenging at some point during the year. We had nine back-to-backs and three sets of four games in five nights in five weeks. It takes its toll but you’ve got to play and you’ve got to win games." – Jim O'Brien.
  • "Philadelphia has excellent hands. They’re very strong at turning teams over. When you allow teams to get 21 more shots than you because of turnovers and offensive rebounds, you’re not going to win many games.” – O'Brien.
  • “This is one that we could’ve and should’ve won. We couldn’t make shots when we needed. We didn’t defend that well. … We just went cold, couldn’t buy a bucket and we didn’t stick to our game plan, offense or defense, which resulted in a loss." – Brandon Rush.
  • "We didn’t take very good care of the ball, too many turnovers. I must work on mine. I must learn to play two halves." – A.J. Price.
  • “We were taking this game as a very serious game for us. In the standings, they were one-half game ahead of us and we needed to leapfrog them. It’s halfway through the season, and we’re actually looking at the standings." – Elton Brand.

    KEY MOMENTS
    The Pacers started relatively well but failed to capitalize on poor early shooting by the Sixers, who were 11-of-32 in the first quarter but trailed just 29-27. It was 48-all late in the half when Philadelphia began the game-changing run, scoring nine in a row and taking a 57-50 lead into the break, then coming out of the locker room hot, extending the run to 26-10 – with Brand scoring half the points -- and building the lead to 74-58.

    Price tried to bring the Pacers back, making four 3-pointers, including consecutive bombs early in the fourth quarter that cut it to 88-83 but the Pacers came up empty on their next six possessions while the Sixers scored 11 in a row to put it away.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    It was a strange night for the Pacers. Rush was torrid in the first half, scoring 14, but Granger was MIA, attempting just one shot. It changed completely in the second as Granger scored 17 of his 22 points but Rush went scoreless, attempting just two shots. Price scored all 17 of his points in the final 15 minutes, going 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the 3-point line. Troy Murphy had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his 18th double-double. The Pacers shot .447 and were a respectable 10-of-27 from the 3-point line but committed 21 turnovers that led to a 27 Philadelphia points.

    Brand was 9-of-21 for his game-high 23 points, adding eight rebounds and four assists. Young scored his 22 on 9-of-16 shooting, adding 10 rebounds. Iverson was 7-of-16 for 17 points, Lou Williams scored 14 and Willie Green 10. The Sixers shot .412 but attempted 21 more shots than the Pacers (97-76) thanks largely to 16 offensive rebounds and 12 steals.