NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Philadelphia|
(Tuesday, April 10th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 90, Indiana 86
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andre Miller scored 19 points and dished
out 11 assists as Philadelphia edged Indiana, 90-86, at the Wachovia Center.
Louis Williams added a career-high 18 points and five assists for the Sixers,
who have won three of their past four games. Joe Smith chipped in with 17
points and 11 rebounds while Samuel Dalembert had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
"He (Louis Williams) took a major step tonight, playing against a team that is
still trying to get into the playoffs," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I
thought that he was the biggest difference in the game."
Jermaine O'Neal tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who fell two
games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff berth in the
Eastern Conference with just five games to play. Jeff Foster added 15 points
off the bench and Troy Murphy netted 11.
"We couldn't hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle, that's the story of
the game," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "We had a season-low turnover
total, which kept us in it and we had a lot of good looks. They made their
share of plays so you have to give them credit but our inability to make shots
was our undoing in this game."
Philadelphia won despite playing without their two leading scorers, guard
Andre Iguodala and forward Kyle Korver, and rookie swingman Rodney Carney.
Iguodala sat with a strained lower back while Korver was sidelined with a
sprained wrist and Carney sat with a sprained knee.
The Sixers led the game wire-to-wire through three quarters and entered the
final frame with an 11-point edge. But, the Pacers opened the quarter with a
17-5 run to take their first lead. O'Neal capped the run with a mid-range
fadeaway jumper off the blocks to make it 75-74 with 4:44 on the clock.
Things remained tight as the game headed toward the stretch. Shawne Williams'
lay-in gave Indiana an 82-81 edge with 2:39 remaining.
But, after Murphy came up empty on a three, the Sixers found a leaking Smith
for a slam with 2:05 on the clock to put the Sixers back on top, 83-82.
Darrell Armstrong had a wide open look at a three but came up short and Miller
came down and stuck a jumper to extend the Sixers lead to three, 85-82, with
The Pacers had one last chance to deadlock things but Murphy missed a good
look at three and the Sixers made enough free throws in the waning seconds to
"When it was time to attack the basket the guys got to the basket, got to the
free throw line and knew when it was time to pull the ball out and try to run
a play," said Miller. "The main thing is we played through the offensive
rebounds that we gave up and we came out with the win."
The Sixers raced out to a 26-17 lead after the opening 12 minutes but Indiana
bounced back a bit in the second and drew within six, 45-39, at intermission.
Philadelphia continued to play frontrunner through three quarters, 69-58.
The Pacers are just 12-26 as the visitor this season...The two teams finished
the season series with two wins apiece...Indiana shot just 32.7 percent from
04/10 22:41:11 ET