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Sunday, March 26th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (32-36) at Indiana Pacers (34-33), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers conclude a three-game homestand this afternoon when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to Conseco Fieldhouse.

Indiana, seeded sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, defeated Chicago on Wednesday, but suffered a 75-72 loss to Detroit on Friday night.

All-Star Jermaine O'Neal had eight points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes in his second game back from a torn groin muscle which caused him to miss two months.

David Harrison had 14 points for the Pacers, who lost for the third time in four games. Stephen Jackson finished with 13 in the loss.

Indiana is 3-5 in its last eight home games and 21-13 at Conseco Fieldhouse this season.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia is hanging by a thread in the East and just barely owns the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.

Losers of eight of their last 10 games, the Sixers suffered a 102-86 home loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday. It was a big win for Orlando, which halted its franchise-record 16-game road losing streak.

Chris Webber netted a game-high 23 points and gathered 15 boards for Philadelphia. All-Star Allen Iverson added 17 points and 10 assists.

Philadelphia will hit the road where it has lost three in a row. The Sixers own a 12-21 mark as the visitor this season.

Sunday's meeting is the third and final matchup of the season between Philadelphia and Indiana. The season series is tied at a game apiece after the Sixers won on November 5 and Indiana was victorious on March 5.

The Sixers have won five of the last six meetings and three in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse.

03/26 10:38:56 ET


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