Player of the Game
BRANDON RUSH
Scored a season-high 24 points, making 4-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding nine rebounds while holding Andre Iguodala to five points.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Dunleavy +2 -72
Ford +12 -170
Foster DNP -9
Granger DNP -113
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head DNP +14
Hibbert +15 -16
D. Jones +9 -216
S. Jones DNP -161
McRoberts -8 -41
Murphy +4 -358
Price DNP +14
Rush +15 -227
Watson +13 -187
Noteworthy
  • The Pacers have won the season series with Philadelphia outright, 2-1.
  • With 12 points and 11 rebounds, Roy Hibbert registered his ninth double-double of the season. Hibbert also tied a career-high with seven assists.
  • The Pacers are now 18-15 this season when scoring 100+ points.
  • Indiana's 10 turnovers tonight included just two in the second half.
  • With an 11-point win, the Pacers posted their 14th double-digit win (14-25) of the season. Their 39 games decided by 10+ points are the most in the NBA in 2009-10.
  • Including 9-15 FGS and 7-8 FTS, Dahntay Jones tied his season-high with 25 points. Tonight marks the third time this season that Jones has scored 25 points.
  • With three steals tonight, Earl Watson has re-gained the team lead in thefts. He now has 75 thefts to Danny Granger's 73.
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Sixers 54, Pacers 52
    Second-chance points:
    Sixers 18, Pacers 7
    Fast-break points:
    Pacers 16, Sixers 14
    Points off turnovers:
    Pacers 12, Sixers 7
    Starters scoring:
    Pacers 73, Sixers 60
    Bench scoring:
    Sixers 36, Pacers 34
    Stat of the Night
    In the 19 games Danny Granger has missed this season, the Pacers are 7-12 (.368). In the 45 games he has played, they are 14-31 (.311).
    Up Next
    The Pacers go back on the road for two games, beginning Friday in Boston against the Celtics (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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    END RESULT
    First game back from a long road trip. Stunned by the game-day suspension of their leading scorer. Riding a four-game losing streak.

    None of the adverse circumstances mattered to the Pacers, who put forth one of their most complete performances of the season at both ends of the floor in beating the Philadelphia 76ers 107-96 Tuesday night before 11,535 in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    In the absence of Danny Granger, suspended by the NBA for his role in an altercation in Phoenix Saturday night, the Pacers got 25 points from reserve Dahntay Jones, 24 from Brandon Rush and 19 from Troy Murphy as the offense had 32 assists (on 42 made baskets) and just 10 turnovers.

    IMPACT
    The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Pacers, who improved to 21-43 overall, 14-16 at home. Philadelphia (23-40) lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped to 13-21 on the road.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • "I think we're all very surprised. Larry (Bird) and I were baffled but there's not a lot a franchise can do when the NBA says somebody is suspended…. The NBA is very strict on any altercations on the court. They made it known a while ago that even a minor altercation, which is what I would call what happened in Phoenix, they are going to frown upon that and suspend players and fine players." – Jim O'Brien on Granger's suspension
  • "My favorite statistic was the assists to turnover ratio. 32 (assists) and 10 (turnovers) is so important for us." – O'Brien
  • "I thought Brandon was aggressive all night. He’s playing with confidence. The confidence he and Roy are developing is something we’re very pleased about.” – O'Brien
  • "We just kept the ball moving in all directions and followed coach’s game plan and somebody ended up open. We did not look for any one certain person. It was just whoever was open at any given time." – Jones
  • “Roy did a good job tonight distributing the ball. He gave the ball to the open person, which repeatedly ended up in buckets." – Rush

    KEY MOMENTS
    After the Pacers started relatively well, the Sixers put together a 14-4 run late in the first quarter to take a 29-23 lead and they held it deep into the second quarter. But a pair of 3-pointers by Rush and a dunk by Jones got the Pacers started on their key run of the game, closing the half with a 12-5 burst and opening the third quarter 12-2 for a 24-7 run that pushed the lead to 66-54.

    The Sixers scored eight in a row to cut it to 66-62 but Murphy and Mike Dunleavy answered with 3-pointers to quell that threat. The Pacers kept Philadelphia at arm's length most of the fourth quarter but Samuel Dalembert scored six in a row to cut the lead to 94-88 with 3:50 left.

    T.J. Ford stepped up for a pair of buckets and fed Rush for a 3-pointer and that eight-point run put the Pacers up 101-88 with 2:04 left and secured the victory.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Though they missed 27 shots in the paint, the Pacers were otherwise very efficient offensively with five players scoring in double figures. Coming off a DNP-CD Saturday in Phoenix, Jones tied his season-high with 25 on 9-of-15 shooting, adding four rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Rush was 4-of-7 from the arc and added nine rebounds to his season-high 24 points. Murphy hit 8-of-14 overall and 3-of-4 from the arc to score 19 with eight rebounds and three assists. Hibbert threatened a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Ford had 11 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals and Earl Watson had 10 assists and three steals.

    Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, adding four assists and two blocks. Dalembert had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, while Willie Green had 13 off the bench. Lou Williams scored 11. The potent power forward tandem of Elton Brand and Thaddeus Young combined for just 15 points, while star forward Andre Iguodala managed five.



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