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GAME RECAP: Sixers 119, Pacers 116

Joel Embiid leads the Sixers with 32 points and 11 rebounds as the Sixers beat the Pacers 119-116

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GAME RECAP: Sixers 119, Pacers 116

Joel Embiid leads the Sixers with 32 points and 11 rebounds as the Sixers beat the Pacers 119-116
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:02

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Nov. 30, 2019

November 30, 2019 - Nate McMillan, Domantas Sabonis and Jeremy Lamb share their thoughts on the team's 119-116 loss to the 76ers.
Nov 30, 2019  |  01:28

Lamb Makes it Look Easy

November 30, 2019 - Jeremy Lamb takes the ball down low and hits the fadeaway.
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:08

Warren and Sabonis Two-Man Game

November 30, 2019 - T.J. Warren slips Domantas Sabonis a nice pass and Sabonis fools Joel Embiid down low.
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:09

Holiday Beats the Halftime Buzzer

November 30, 2019 - Justin Holiday receives the long outlet pass and gets the last-second basket before halftime.
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:09

Holiday With the Nifty Steal and Score

November 30, 2019 - Justin Holiday reads the pass and converts the slick steal and score.
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:11

Warren Takes it Strong Off the Turnover

Warren Takes it Strong Off the Turnover
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:12

Brogdon Finds Warren on the Break

November 30, 2019 - Malcolm Brogdon grabs the rebound and finds T.J. Warren on the break.
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:08

Holiday Hits the Open Three

November 30, 2019 - Justin Holiday gets free off a screen and drains the 3-pointer to start the 2nd quarter.
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:09

Warren With the Lefty Layup

November 30, 2019 - T.J. Warren takes the inbounds pass the length of the floor and hits the left-handed layup.
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:09

Sabonis Takes it to Embiid

November 30, 2019 - Domantas Sabonis gets the Pacers on the board with the strong take against Joel Embiid.
Nov 30, 2019  |  00:08

Game Rewind: Pacers 116, 76ers 119

Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at Wells Fargo Center
by Brendan Rourke
Pacers.com Contributor





Game Rewind

After the Pacers swept their four-game homestand with a win over the Atlanta Hawks yesterday, they took to the road to complete their third back-to-back of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Unfortunately, the strenuous schedule of playing three games in four nights caught up to the Blue & Gold (12-7), and they fell 119-116 to the 76ers (14-6) at Wells Fargo Center. The loss ended a five-game winning streak for Indiana, its longest of the season. T.J Warren led all Pacers with 29 points, and Malcolm Brogdon added 28 in the loss.

Warren sank three free throws to give Indiana a 114-113 lead with 41.4 seconds remaining. But, his bad pass on the next Pacers possession led to an easy Tobias Harris dunk, giving the 76ers a 115-114 lead with 9.9 seconds to go. After head coach Nate McMillan called a timeout to set up a play, Indiana struggled to inbound the ball, causing their 19th turnover of the night. With the Pacers forced to foul, the 76ers put the game away at the free throw line. Philadelphia finished the game 32-of-36 from the charity stripe, including 15-of-15 from Joel Embiid. He also finished with a game-high 32 points and 11 rebounds.

The 76ers finished the first quarter ahead of the Pacers 38-29 behind a 10-0 run in the early moments of the quarter. Four Embiid free throws sandwiched a Furkan Korkmaz 3-pointer. Al Horford then nailed another three to make the score 15-7 before coach Nate McMillan called a timeout with 6:48 left in the frame.

Indiana soon managed to cut the 76ers lead to 17-15 on T.J Warren’s baseline 3-pointer with 5:27 to go in the quarter. But, the length of the 76ers proved to be a tough challenge for the Pacers’ big men. Philadelphia used three consecutive shots in the paint to extend its lead to 26-19 with 3:50 left in the first. Soon after, James Ennis III connected on 1-of-2 free throws to push the 76ers lead to double digits, 31-21, for the second time in the quarter.

In his first game against his former team, T.J McConnell nailed a jumper with 4.6 seconds remaining in the frame to trim the lead to single digits. He finished the game with six points and three assists.

Embiid continued to give Indiana fits down low at the beginning of the second quarter. The seven footer scored the 76ers’ first eight points of the quarter, including two 3-point plays. His free throw with 10:01 remaining in the quarter pushed Philadelphia’s lead to 46-32.

To make matters worse, on Indiana’s next possession, Domantas Sabonis was on the receiving end of an errant swat attempt from Embiid. With 9:49 remaining in the half, he jumped up for a layup attempt. Embiid missed the block and slammed Sabonis on the head. Though Embiid was called for a flagrant 1 foul on the play, Sabonis laid on the floor in obvious pain. He did, however, brush off the hit to sink both free throws and stay in the game.

After trailing by as many as 15, the Blue & Gold finally began cutting into the deficit at the 5:12 mark of the quarter.

Trailing 58-48, Warren connected on back-to-back buckets to get the Pacers within six. After a pair of Ben Simmons free throws, Malcolm Brogdon sank a jumper and hit two free throws to cut the 76ers lead to 60-56 with 2:49 left in the half. Then, with 3.5 seconds remaining Jeremy Lamb grabbed a rebound and launched a pass to a wide-open Justin Holiday on the opposite end of the court. His two-handed slam tied the game 65-65 as the halftime buzzer sounded. His heads-up play before the half provided the Pacers with some momentum.

After a highly contested first six minutes of the third, the Pacers managed to grab their first two-possession lead, 79-75, on Sabonis’s putback layup with 5:55 remaining in the frame. Just over two minutes later, Warren continued his impressive outing, converting on a tough baseline jumper to give the Pacers an 86-79 lead.

Philadelphia managed to climb back into the game as the quarter ended. Korkmaz’s 3-pointer with 15.9 seconds remaining grabbed a 93-92 lead for Philadelphia. Indiana managed to escape the third with a 93-93 tie after Sabonis connected on 1-of-2 free throws with 2.6 seconds left.

Continuing the trend from the third, both teams matched each others’ play, resulting in 10 fourth-quarter lead changes. The Pacers found some early success behind the 3-point line, connecting on their first 2-of-3 attempts of the quarter. Justin Holiday’s baseline three with 9:34 left to play gave Indiana a 99-97 lead. The lead was short lived, however, as Embiid scored four straight points to push the 76ers back in front 101-99 with 8:45 to play.

Less than three minutes later, Indiana managed to tie the game 106-106 on a pair of free throws from Lamb. Then, with 5:24 to play, Sabonis kicked a pass out to a waiting Brogdon on the left elbow. Brogdon rose up and drilled the 3-pointer to give the Blue & Gold a 109-106 lead. Shortly after, Lamb then broke a 109-all tie with a jumper from the high block.

With 2:38 left to play, Embiid sank a pair of free throws to force a 111-111 tie. After Brogdon missed a deep 3-pointer, the big man found the charity stripe once again at the expense of Sabonis’ sixth foul. He connected on both attempts to give the 76ers a 113-111 lead with 1:54 remaining.

With 41.4 seconds to go, Warren rose up from the left elbow beyond the arc. As he fell back to the ground, Harris made contact with his feet, and Warren drew the foul. He sank the resulting free throws without a hitch.

But after Myles Turner collected a steal on the defensive end, Warren attempted to make a backwards pass to Lamb. The ball was intercepted by Simmons, who found Harris for the easy slam. Their defense then forced a turnover on the subsequent inbound play, and Philadelphia finished off the game where they had success all night – the free throw line.

Inside The Numbers

Indiana’s 20 turnovers led to 23 points for Philadelphia.

The 76ers had 36 attempts from the free throw line compared to Indiana’s 25.

Joel Embiid’s 15 free-throw attempts led all players. Malcolm Brogdon – the Pacers’ best free throw shooter – had just eight attempts.

Domantas Sabonis finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season.

You Can Quote Me On That

“We gave ourselves an opportunity to win and we didn’t execute down the stretch – a couple offensive sets. You know, twenty turnovers, a couple of those turnovers came late. Those are big plays. And, you got to be calm going down the stretch and be clear about what you’re doing, and execute in that time. But we didn’t.” – Nate McMillan

“We knew it was going to be a tough game off a back-to-back. One of the top teams in the East. We felt like we could’ve won the game. We gave ourselves that chance, but we just didn’t execute enough at the end.” – Domantas Sabonis

“It was a big-time game. We both wanted to win. Very competitive and I love games like that. They had a great crowd. It definitely was a great atmosphere.” – Jeremy Lamb

Noteworthy

  • Tonight’s game featured 16 lead changes.
  • Before the game, the 76ers honored T.J. McConnell with a short tribute video. He also received a loud ovation when he checked into the game for the first time.
  • T.J. Warren scored 20 points or more for the eighth time this season.
  • With the victory, the 76ers remain undefeated at home this season (9-0).

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After a five-game road trip, the Pacers will return home to host Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

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