NBA Game Summary - Indiana at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, December 20th)
Final Score: Indiana 101, Philadelphia 93
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jermaine O'Neal netted 34 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Indiana downed the reeling Philadelphia 76ers, 101-93, at the Wachovia Center.
The Sixers began the post-Allen Iverson era in the game after trading the enigmatic guard and forward Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday in exchange for guard Andre Miller, forward Joe Smith and a pair of 2007 first- round draft picks.
Miller and Smith were stuck in a blizzard that hit the Rocky Mountains and were not available to the team.
Without their new duo, the Sixers continued to pile up the losses, dropping their 12th contest in a row -- the franchise's largest losing streak since a 13-game skid in the 1996-97 season.
"It takes a lot of help from teammates to be successful in this league," said O'Neal. "My nights, this year when I take over games has been based on my teammates putting me in good positions. It came from a total team effort."
Stephen Jackson added 25 points for the Pacers, who have won three of their past four games. Danny Granger chipped in with 15 points.
Andre Iguodala paced the hapless Sixers with 20 points and seven assists, but couldn't stop Jackson on the defensive end down the stretch when things were tight.
"We need to win; we're starting to make a change or two that will help us win," said Iguodala. "We need to do that. That's with any team in any sport. If you're losing and you're on a losing streak and you feel like a change needs to be made for you to win, than that's what you're going to push for."
Kyle Korver added 20 points off the bench while Willie Green and Samuel Dalembert each had 16 for Philadelphia. Dalembert also had 13 rebounds before fouling out.
"They made some plays," said Korver. "I think we did an all right job, but obviously not good enough."
After falling behind early in the fourth quarter, the Sixers battled back and managed to even things at 84 when Korver drained an off-balanced jumper from the right corner with 4:13 remaining.
Jackson took over from there. The swingman abused Iguodala on the blocks and scored six straight points for the Pacers as Indiana forged ahead 92-87 with 1:18 left.
The Sixers couldn't recover from there as Indiana escaped with the victory.
"Once again I thought our effort was good, particularly in the first half," said Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks. "The effort was good offensively and defensively. We had nice performances from different people, but certainly down the stretch was when they made the plays that they make."
The Sixers took a slim 27-24 lead after the opening 12 minutes thanks to Dalembert, who finished 4-of-4 from the floor in the quarter.
Philadelphia then built its lead to 10, 47-37, late in the first half, but the Pacers closed the frame with a 10-1 run to tighten things. Jackson's long jumper at the buzzer made it 48-47 heading to the locker room.
Indiana then edged ahead through three quarters, 72-68.
Miller and Smith are expected to join the Sixers on Friday when the team visits Boston...The Pacers defeated Philadelphia on November 7 this season by a 97-86 score at Conseco Fieldhouse and have won four straight against Philly...Sixers forward Chris Webber missed his third straight game because of a sprained right ankle.
12/20 22:58:37 ET