Saturday, April 21 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: Sixers 109, Pacers 106 (OT)
By Conrad Brunner
The 3-pointers that just kept raining during the Pacers' winning streak dried up Saturday night and so did the streak.
Unable to make a 3-pointer after intermission, including one that would've won it in regulation and two in the closing 20 seconds of overtime, the Pacers fell 109-106 to Philadelphia before 17,701 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
David West scored a season-high 32 points but it wasn't enough as Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday combined for all 11 of Philadelphia's points in overtime as the Sixers snapped the Pacers' seven-game win streak.
The Pacers (41-23) dropped to 11-2 in April and their magic number for clinching the third seed in the Eastern Conference remained at one.
Philadelphia (33-30) reduced its magic number for clinching a playoff berth to one and moved into a tie for seventh with New York.
After Paul George missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the end of regulation, Lou Williams opened overtime with a four-point play but West brought the Pacers right back with two buckets, and Roy Hibbert put them in front 104-102 with a pair of free throws with 2:29 left.
Williams answered with a 3-pointer and West just beat the shot clock with a step-back jumper and the Pacers led 106-105 with 45.1 left.
After Jrue Holiday drove to put the Sixers back in front, George Hill missed a 3-pointer and the long rebound pinballed around before winding up in the hands of Williams, who fed a streaking Holiday for a breakout dunk for a 109-106 Philadelphia lead with 12.4 to go.
The last chance appeared to evaporate when George failed to get the ball inbounds and was called for a five-second violation. But Hill tied up Evan Turner for a jump ball on the ensuing inbounds pass and won the tap.
With 10.7 seconds left, the Pacers had one more shot, but Granger's off-balance 3-pointer missed and the Sixers escaped.
BY THE NUMBERS
West made 13 of 21 shots for his 32 points, adding 11 rebounds for his 12th double-double. Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 off the bench, Paul George scored 16 with seven rebounds, Roy Hibbert 11 with seven rebounds and two blocks and Hill 10 points with five assists. Granger was the only starter that failed to score in double figures with four on 2-of-12 shooting but pulled 11 rebounds. The Pacers shot 43 percent but were 3-of-12 from the 3-point line.
Elton Brand led the Sixers with 20 points and nine rebounds. Williams had 19 off the bench, while Holiday had 17 points and seven assists. Anre Iguodala scored 16 and Thaddeus Young 15 with eight rebounds. The Sixers shot 45 percent.
“That was a heck of a basketball game, playoff-type atmosphere. Philly made some really tough shots at the end of regulation and overtime. It was a hard fought game at both ends.” - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
“We didn’t make enough big plays when we needed to. This hurt us in the outcome. It is certainly not what we wanted. We came up a little short but we also showed some sharpness out there. Philly made some big plays to hang in there and win." - West
“We fought hard and they played hard. They outplayed us when they had to. We knew they were going to be tough and we were going to need a lift to keep things going our way. We did some good things out there and will have to learn from them and carry it over into the playoffs." - Hansbrough
“We did some very positive things. We battled but they out-battled us in the end. We all played hard. We knew what we had to do. Now we just have to continue to work, get ready for the next game and then close it out next Wednesday. That’s as far as we need to look right now, the next two games.” - George
"Indiana has been playing as well as any team in the NBA. David West is incredible. He’s playing great, great, great basketball. I thought our guys executed and made some big shots. I’m just so thrilled for our guys. They worked so hard for this game tonight." - Sixers Coach Doug Collins
STAT OF THE GAME
West topped 20 points for the third time in the last four games, after doing so four times in the first 60.
The Pacers trailed 96-90 with 3:51 remaining in regulation when Hill scored twice on drives and West tied it with a tip-in with 2:28 remaining. With the chance to take the lead, the Pacers got four shots up on a wild scramble of possession but converted none.
After Thaddeus Young made a pair of free throws, West spun into the lane to tie it at 98-all with 29.8 seconds remaining. The Sixers ran the clock down but Holiday's jumper was deflected by Hill, giving the Pacers the ball with 7.5 seconds left.
George got the call but couldn't get off a clean look and his 3-pointer was off left iron at the buzzer.
Hansbrough got hot early in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 in the first 3 1/2 minutes as the Pacers kept it close, setting up the dramatic finish.
With Brand and Holiday doing the damage, the 76ers put together a quick 10-0 run early in the third quarter as the Pacers missed eight of their first nine shots, giving the visitors a 67-57 lead, and it was 81-74 entering the fourth quarter.
Trailing most of the half, and by double digits much of the second quarter, the Pacers got a big spark from George, who scored 13 in the second quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers in a 16-2 run to close the half. Hill ended the run with a jumper with eight-tenths of a second remaining to bring the crowd fo its feet and send the Pacers into the locker room with a 54-53 lead, their first since the opening minutes of the game.
Philadelphia used an 18-8 run in the first quarter to take a 21-14 lead adn the Pacers missed eight of their final nine shots to fall behind 34-23 after one. The Sixers' lead grew to 51-38 in the second quarter, but that's when the Pacers made their move.
Granger had scored 28 points in the Pacers' first five overtime, games, including four wins, but came up empty tonight. ... Granger's run of 14 consecutive games with at least 18 points came to an end. ... Hansbrough's 17 points were is most in the last 25 games. ... With a 43-34 record all-time, the Sixers are the inly Eastern Conference team with a winning record in Indianapolis. ... The Pacers enjoyed advantages of 23-10 on second-chance points and 48-32 on points in the paint. ... Hill appeared to tweak his left shoulder when fouled on a drive to the basket midway through the third quarter, but remained in the game. Hill missed 12 games in January with an injury to the same shoulder. When he checked back into the game midway through the fourth quarter, he was wearing a protective brace. ... Darren Collison returned after missing six of the previous seven games. Coach Frank Vogel announced another rotation change, with veteran small forward Dahntay Jones heading to the bench. Vogel wants to give George, who starts at shooting guard, additional minutes as a backup small forward. ... NFL Draft prospect Ryan Tannehill, a quarterback from Texas A&M, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman and Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals were in the house.
The Pacers face the Pistons for the first time in four months on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). The Pacers opened the season with a 91-79 victory over the Pistons as both teams shot below 37 percent. Detroit won the rematch 96-88 in The Palace of Auburn Hills on New Year's Eve.