76ers 94-103 Pacers: scores, data, summary | NBA
The Indiana Pacers have won their second game in as many days after knocking off the Philadelphia 76ers 103-94 and have secured their spot in the Play-In Tournament.
Ninth place Pacers take down Embiidless Sixers
The Pacers came into tonight’s game at ninth in the East and on the verge of qualifying to the inaugural tournament. With tonight's win and the Chicago Bulls' loss they have stamped their spot in the qualifiers.
A win tonight could have meant top spot in East
The 76ers knew that a win tonight would have almost certainly lock up the top seed in the Eastern Conference. They will save their celebrations for another day, as they still have a commanding cushion over the Nets and Bucks in second and third.
Philly was without big man, and third leading scorer in the NBA Joel Embiid who was a late scratch with a non Covid related sickness. Embiid’s absence didn’t seem to phase the Sixers in the early going.
Philly started on fire
Doc Rivers’ team got out to a hot start, stretching the lead out to 16 at one point in the first half. Simmons seemed unstoppable, getting to the iron at ease in the opening 24 minutes. Tobias Harris set the tone down low in the absence of Philadelphia’s star center.
Harris finished with 27, and Simmons had another complete night with 20 points eight rebounds and seven assists.
Pacers changed game with defense in second half
It all seemed easy for the Sixers in the first half, but the Pacers picked up the pressure on the defensive end in the last two quarters. Philly scored just 32 points in the second half, and allowed their one time 16 point lead to slip, delaying their Eastern Conference regular season title.
An 11-0 fourth quarter Indiana run turned the tides in a game that seemed destined to go Philly’s way. Once the Sixers lost the lead it seemed as if they lost their way on the offensive end.
Caris LeVery the hero after a slow start
Caris LeVert took control of the game in the final quarter to lead the Pacers to victory. LeVert, who joined the Indiana in January caught fire after starting the game one for his first ten field goals. LeVert ended the game hitting seven of his last ten to finish with 24 points.
Sabonis with another sensational showing
Domantas Sabonis followed up a 20-20 game with a triple double through three quarters. The Lithuanian had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in yet another incredible performance for the Pacers big man.
Play-In Tournament awaits the Pacers
Indiana will now fight to climb up the standings and battle for positioning for the Play-In Tournament. They will rest after back to back games and host the Bucks on Thursday night.
The 76ers are still the favorites to take the top spot in the East, but will have to wait for Thursday’s game in Miami to stamp their place atop the standings going into the playoffs.
Indy won this game in the second half with defense, The Pacers allowed 13 points in the third quarter
It's all over from Indy. The Pacers delay the Sixers chance to wrap up the top seed in the East.
LeVert with a couple free throws, he's got 24
McConnell from the free throw line!
Harris with two FT's
Timeout Sixers with under 50 seconds to go.
LeVert with the step back three!
One minute to go in Indy
Under two to go Pacers ball, up four
LeVert with the jump shot from the mid range
The Pacers are on a 13-5 run
3:15 to go in the last quarter
LeVert to the line hits both and the Pacers lead by two
The Pacers have only been able to take a brief lead in this second half, can they take control in the last five minutes
Easy dunk for Sabonis who adds to his triple double night. Timeout from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Under 5 to go
Under five to go from Indy
Bitadze back to the line, knocks down two free throws
Simmons on the turn around from the free throw line. He's got 20
Bitadze with two free throws
Harris answers back with a three ball
6:30 to go in Indy and Holiday with a three ball out of the timeout
LeVert with a tough shot in the lane surrounded by traffic
Harris off the glass, he has 22 tonight
Maxey off the dribble, gets fouled and hits one of two from the charity stripe
McDermott to the line, hits both
Howard with another easy alley oop
McConnell of the dribble from the elbow
Hill goes coast to coast in transition
McConnell hanging in the air for two
Joe with a three ball
Joe with a quick bucket, as we are back in play from Indy
We are going to the 4th quarter all square from Indiana
Hill gets fouled, hits one of two from the line
Joe with his first pints of the game
Sabonis just got his triple double with his last assist. He's averaging a triple double in his last six games
LeVert with the deep ball. The Pacers have comeback from 16 down to take the lead
Holiday ties the ball game with a step back three
Three minutes to go in the third quarter and we have a three point ball game. The Pacers have come out strong in the second half. Timeout at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse
LeVert with a midrange j
Harris on the FT line jumper
Sabonis on the fade away jumper
Simmons again on the slash to the rack
Simmons down low, he has been getting to the bucket with ease tonight
Sabonis down low and it's a one point game
McDermott on the slash to the rack, and he's got 18
Timeout from Indiana, where the Pacers have tightened this game in the opening minutes of the third quarter
McDermott off the screen for three
Simmons getting a look from close range again
McDermott open in the corner
Holiday gets bumped and the foul, but missed the FT
Harris witht he jump shot
Lavert on the back door baseline cut for the dunk
Lavert with the opening jumper of the second half
We are underway in the second half from Indiana
It has been an all 6ers affair from Indiana. They took hold of the lead early and didn't let go. They led by as many as 16 in that first half
LeVert with a jumper to cut the lead to 11 at the break
Holiday off the give and go splits a couple defenders and gets the bucket and one
Curry with the left handed lay up
One minute to go from Indiana
LeVert to the line, hits both
Harris with the three ball, and he has looked like Philly's best player tonight
Brisett goes two for two from the line
2:30 to go in the first half from Indianapolis
Simmons on the fast break, and things are looking too easy for Philly. Timeout from the Pacers and coach Bjorkgren
Curry from a step outside the paint
Scott with the three!
Lavers off the feed from Sabonis
Harris with the left hand
MCDermott down the lane
Sabonis from deep again, he's got two deep balls tonight
Simmons streaking down the lane.
Simmons on the turnaround from the elbow
Maxey gets fouled on the drive, goes to the line and hits two
McConnell with back to back short jumpers
McConnell out of the quarter break with a fader
Maxey with back to back buckets, the Pacers will call a timeout early in this second quarter
Maxey with a midrange jumper
Stanley in the near corner for three
Stanley in the near corner
Off balance floater from Hill
Sampson with a baseline jumper
Hill is fouled and gets a goaltending call whistled to his advantage. Gets the FT
The 76ers led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, but two consecutive Martin 3's closed the gap
The first quarter is over from Indianapois.
Howard on the ally oop of the Simmons feed
Maxee with a short range jumper
Martin with a quick trigger three, he's got six straight ponts
Kelan Martin with his first three ball of the game
You can hear the crowd in the stands at Bankers Life Field House, which has become common ground in the NBA over the last few weeks
Sabonis sneaks one in down in the paint
Tobias Harris with 9 quick points after the short floater
Green with another triple
Sabonis with the easy deuce off the Levert pass
Green on the near side from outside the arc
Simmons on the penetration, gets the bucket and the foul for the three point play
Holiday with a corner three
Harris with an easy dunk
Beautiful play out of the time out for the Pacers,
7-0 run for the Pacers, then the 76ers followed with a 9-0 run
Timeout on the floor in a game of runs out of the gate.
Harris with a floater, and a foul. Convers the FT
Curry with a couple triples in a row
Curry responds with a three
McDermott with two quick threes out of the gate
Sabonis showing some range
McDermott with a triple try
Simmons fouled hits one of two
Harris in transtion and Philly have three quick buckets around the rim
Simmons down low showing size and strength
Simmons on the slam gets the 6ers on the board
Opening bucket of the game for the Pacers on a Lavert steal and score
Late news into the coverage, Joel Emiid will sit out tonight with a non Covid related illness.
The Pacers are in the second of back to back games
Live coverage is underway from Bankers Life Fieldhouse is underway
What a battle of big men we have in store tonight. Domantas Sabonis and Joel Embiid are two of the best post players in the game. Both can bang down low or stretch the defense with long jumpers
We are just 10 minutes away from tip off here from Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Indiana Pacers 2020/21 roster courtesty of basketballreference.com
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The Pacers are currently in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, if the season ended today they would be playing the Washington Wizards for the right to play the loser of the 8th-9th place game in the newly incorporated Play-In Tournament
Philly stamped thier place in the playoffs in late April and have a chance to lock up first place in the East tonight
The Philadelphia 76ers are 5 point favorites coming into tonights contest at Bakers Life Fieldhouse with the over/under set at 234 according to Bet365.com
Hello everyone and welcome to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the site of tonight’s showdown between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers. AS English will be bringing you live coverage and updates all night from Indianapolis.
Philadelphia has a chance to wrap up the top seed in the Eastern Conference if they can defeat the Pacers tonight. They are floating comfortably above the rest of the pack at 47-21, three games above the second placed Brooklyn Nets.
Indianapolis come into tonight at 9th place in the East at 32-36. The Pacers will qualify for the Play-In Tournament with a win and Chicago loss to Brooklyn tonight. They are a half game about the tenth place Wizards who are making a late charge to finish the regular season.
The Pacers are coming off of a 111-102 win over against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kelan Martin lead the Pacers with 25 points, and Dominates Sabonis had a monster game with 21 points and 20 rebounds.
The 76ers travel to Indiana on the heels of a 118-104 win over the Detroit Pacers. Joel Emiid set the tone with 29 points and six rebounds. Maxey Tyrese followed up with 22 pants five rounds and four assists.
The Pacers have four players averaging 20 ppg or more. Malcolm Brogdon lead the Pacers at 21.2 a night but he will be unavailable tonight with a sore hamstring. Domantas Sabonis will be setting the tone on offense and under the glass for Indy at 20.5 points and 12 rebounds a game.
Joel Emiib will be matching up with the Lithuanian big man. Embiid is on the verge of an MVP nomination, averaging over 29 points and 10 rebounds a game.