Player of the Game
Scored a game-high 26 points, his fourth in a row with at least 20, making 11-of-20 from the field and adding eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Pacers 48, Sixers 34
Pacers 12, Sixers 9
Pacers 14, Sixers 6
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 22, Sixers 19
Pacers 71, Sixers 63
Pacers 38, Sixers 35
Stat of the Night
END RESULTWhen the Sixers matched down, they couldn't match up with the Pacers' small lineup.
Starting a small group with Troy Murphy at center and four perimeter players that ultimately took Philadelphia's big men out of the game, the Pacers dominated the second half defensively and pulled out a 109-98 victory Monday before 10,579 in Wachovia Center.
Danny Granger scored 26 with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Pacers, but Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush combined for 10 in a row down the stretch when the Pacers put the game away.
IMPACTThe Pacers split their home-and-home mini-series with the Sixers, improving to 16-29 overall and 6-18 on the road. They've won consecutive road games for the first time since mid-November and three of five after a nine-game losing streak. Philadelphia had a two-game win streak snapped and dropped to 15-29 overall, 7-15 at home.
KEY MOMENTSThe Pacers set themselves up for victory by not losing it in the first half when Philadelphia was red-hot. The Sixers made 20 of their first 29 shots, including their first eight of the second quarter, in building 47-36 lead. But the Pacers scored 10 in a row, including 3-pointers from Rush and Granger, to close the gap and Philadelphia led just 59-56 at the break despite 62 percent shooting in the half.
When the Sixers' shots stopped falling, the Pacers assumed control. Philadelphia missed 22 of its first 27 in the second half as the Pacers built an 87-76 lead with 9:36 remaining. The Sixers put together a brief flurry to close to 91-90 but the Pacers answered by posting Jones against the much smaller Lou Williams and he answered with three straight buckets to make it 102-97.
After Andre Iguodala made a free throw to cut it to four with 1:30 left, the Pacers had a strong sequence with Troy Murphy tapping out an offensive rebound to salvage a critical possession, Earl Watson driving, drawing the defense and dishing to an open Rush in the corner for the dagger 3-pointer with 49 seconds left.
BY THE NUMBERSOffensive balance was the theme of the night for the Pacers, who had six players score in double figures and totaled 25 assists. Granger's game-high 26 led the way and he produced a solid all-around game. Jones was 8-of-14 for 18 off the bench, adding four rebounds and four assists. Rush had another strong game with 16 points, hitting 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.
Murphy had 11 points, 12 rebounds and tied his career-high with seven assists. Luther Head and Roy Hibbert scored 10 apiece. The Pacers shot 52 percent overall, 8-of-22 from the arc but missed seven free throws.
Iguodala had 22 points on 9-of-21 shooting to lead the Sixers, adding seven rebounds. Allen Iverson scored 20 with six assists and Williams scored 16. Elton Brand, the dominant force in Philadelphia's 10-point win Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse, managed just 12 points in 35 minutes. The Sixers shot 44 percent for the game.