NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 25th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (15-29) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-28), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers hope to put the finishing touches on a home-and-home sweep of the Indiana Pacers when the two teams meet at the Wachovia Center tonight.
The Sixers took the front end of the set in Indianapolis on Saturday when Elton Brand produced a game-best 23 points to pair with eight rebounds as Philadelphia defeated Indiana, 107-97.
Thaddeus Young logged 22 points and 10 boards for the Sixers, who are sporting a new-look starting lineup with Brand in for Young -- and both are reaping the rewards.
The change worked in Friday's 92-81 win over the Mavericks, and produced a second consecutive win with Allen Iverson adding 17 points to the mix.
Lou Williams, also a part of the switch, scored 14 points off the bench with rookie Jrue Holiday getting a second straight starting nod in his place.
"We started playing better defensively and got out and ran," Iverson said. early. "We did a good job of clamping down on guys. We got a lead and we were able to keep it."
The Sixers haven't won three in a row all season.
Danny Granger had 22 points and seven boards for the Pacers, who had snapped a three-game slide with last Friday's 105-93 road win against the Pistons.
A.J. Price hit 4-of-4 three-pointers en route to 17 points and Brandon Rush chipped in with 14 points. Troy Murphy recorded 12 rebounds and 11 points in defeat.
"This was a game that we could have and should have won. We couldn't make shots when we needed (to). We didn't defend that well," said Rush.
Philadelphia is a miserable 7-14 at home but the Pacers are even worse on the road at 5-18.
01/25 10:28:56 ET