Player of the Game
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.
Sixers 54, Pacers 52
Sixers 18, Pacers 7
Pacers 16, Sixers 14
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 12, Sixers 7
Pacers 73, Sixers 60
Sixers 36, Pacers 34
Stat of the Night
END RESULTFirst 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.
IMPACTThe 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.
KEY MOMENTSAfter 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 NUMBERSThough 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.