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Pacers try to stay unbeaten at home with 76ers in town
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers were the last team to beat the Indians Pacers on their own floor and will try for another road win in this series Saturday from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Indiana suffered a 105-95 home loss to the Sixers back on April 17 and has responded with six straight wins as the host this season. The Pacers went 2-1 on a recent road trip through three major cities, Chicago, New York and Boston, and recorded a 97-82 victory Friday against the Celtics.
Paul George scored 27 points and both David West and Luis Scola finished with 17 for a Pacers squad that shot 46.9 percent and tallied 30 points off 23 Boston turnovers. Indiana had a 41-31 edge on the glass and outscored the hosts, 25-8, in the third quarter.
"I'm really proud of our guys' effort, particularly in the second half, particularly in the third quarter, how we buckled down on the defensive end. Our starters, as a unit, have a gear defensively that they can reach that's pretty special. They hit that in the third and took control of the game." said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.
The Pacers are an Eastern Conference-best 11-1 this season and will also host Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on this quick homestand.
Philadelphia put an end to its season-high four-game losing streak with a 115-107 overtime triumph versus the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night at Well Fargo Center.
The Sixers erased a 10-point deficit in the final two minutes and Spencer Hawes nailed a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to send the game into an extra period. Evan Turner scored eight of his 27 points in OT and the Sixers posted a 13-5 difference in the frame.
Hawes ended with 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and made 3-of-6 3-pointers, none bigger than his contest triple at the end of regulation. James Anderson and rookie Michael Carter-Williams scored 12 points apiece and the first-year player added 11 assists for the 76ers, who won for the first time since needing overtime to beat Houston on Nov. 13.
"We were very lucky. Spencer got us to where we needed to go, and Evan took us home," said Sixers coach Brett Brown.
Philadelphia shot a season-high 57 percent, but a committed a season-worst 26 turnovers, leading to 28 Milwaukee points. The Sixers are still the worst team defensively, allowing 109.6 points per game.
76ers guard Tony Wroten left the game in the second half with a lower back issue and could miss Saturday's game in Indiana. Wroten is averaging 12.6 ppg. Forward Thaddeus Young missed his second straight game while on leave from the Sixers for personal reasons. Expect Young to be out again Saturday.
The Sixers look to stop a four-game road losing streak and will also visit the Orlando Magic.
Philadelphia and Indiana split four meetings last season.
11/23 10:39:09 ET
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