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Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 7:30 PM EDT at Wells Fargo Center

Game Rewind: IND 91, PHI 98

by Scott Agness | March 16, 2013

Game Recap

The Pacers had a one-point lead on the Philadelphia 76ers entering the fourth quarter, but that’s when the game turned. The 76ers opened the final quarter with a 19-4 run while the Pacers struggled mightily on both ends. With six players in double figures, the 76ers upset the Pacers, who’ve now dropped two in a row, 98-91.

The 76ers (25-40) had lost six of their last seven games, and 14 of 17 going back to their 19-point loss to the Pacers (40-26) on Feb. 6. In a game that would have put the Pacers’ within a game of clinching their third-consecutive playoff berth, they lacked energy and had too many missteps that ultimately cost them.

David West came out strong, scoring seven of their first nine points. But then, midway through the quarter, he picked up his second foul – and later third – and only played seven minutes in the first half. After an 11-2 run by the 76ers, Roy Hibbert scored the Pacers’ final eight points in the quarter to give them a 24-23 edge.

Three different Pacers’ reserves opened the second period with seven straight points, extending the lead to eight. Turnovers and defensive rotations then plagued the Pacers. They turned it over on three straight possessions, to which the 76ers converted into seven points. Philly’s lead was 4 following a 14-2 spurt, keyed off 20 first half points from All-Star guard Jrue Holiday. But once again, the Pacers closed the quarter strong – a 7-2 run – and held a one-point halftime lead.

With the game separated by one point after the third-consecutive quarter, the 76ers began to break the game open in the fourth. They outscored the Pacers 19-4 over the first 7:12 to gain a 14-point advantage. During that stretch, the Pacers missed all but one of their 14 shots attempted and turned the ball over four times.

The Pacers challenged late, but as Frank Vogel said postgame, they were a step slow all night. Out of a timeout, Paul George sunk a corner-three with 33 seconds left, which brought the Pacers within five. After Evan Turner made one of two foul shots, George’s 3-pointer off a screen was off the mark. He then misfired on another try, and the Pacers fell on back-to-back nights for the first time in over a month.

Inside the Numbers

Roy Hibbert scored 25 points, but it took him 26 shots and eight free throw attempts to do so. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and had two blocks. Paul George scored 13 of his 18 points in the final quarter and he also finished with 14 rebounds and eight assists. David West, who was bothered by foul trouble all night, tallied 18 points.

All-Star guard Jrue Holiday led all scorers with 27 points to go along with 12 dimes. Spencer Hawes stuffed the stat sheet: 18 points, 16 rebounds (career-high), eight assists, and seven blocks (career-high). Thaddeus Young had 13 points and seven rebounds. Six Philadelphia players each scored at least 11 points.

The 76ers, who shot 49 percent from the floor, controlled the pace of the game and scored 20 points in transition – to the Pacers’ 8.

The Pacers were +6 on the boards and scored 22 second-chance points.

When leading after three quarters – first 64 games: 35-5. Last two games: 0-2.

The lead changed hands 15 times in the first three quarters and was tied twice. The final swapping of the lead occurred 15 seconds into the 4th, when the 76ers went back in front for good.

Quoteworthy

"I think it’s just we’re at that point in the season. It’s a grind, a lot of guys are playing, and have played all season, a heck of a lot more minutes than they have ever played before. We seem like we’re a step slow in a lot of areas and we just have to grind through. It’s a concern, not alarming.” – Frank Vogel on losing two in a row and four of six

"We just died. We died on plays. It’s as simple as that.” – Paul George

"We had 20 fastbreak points which, we wanted to keep the pace up, keep the ball moving as much as possible. Their bench wasn’t quite as effective in the second half, so I thought their starters had to play some more minutes, which I thought was a factor coming down the stretch.– 76ers head coach Doug Collins

Stat of the Game

The Pacers were up one with 12 minutes to play. They shot 27 percent (6-of-22) from the floor in the final period, compared to the 76ers’ 55 percent clip (11-of-20).

Noteworthy

  • The 76ers avenged two previous losses to the Pacers this season. Indiana had won nine of the last 13 games in the series.
  • Unhappy about a foul called on Roy Hibbert, Pacers coach Frank Vogel received a technical foul in the third quarter.
  • Roy Hibbert’s mom and dad, Patty and Roy Sr., were in attendance.
  • Philadelphia center Andrew Bynum (Bilateral Knee Bone Bruises) still hasn’t played in a game this season due to injury.

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