For as much as the Indiana Pacers struggled yesterday offensively, it all came together today in an eventual lopsided victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers were lights out from three point range, hitting 13 of their first 14 attempts, but the Sixers remained close thanks in large part to Khalif Wyatt, who had 25 points on the day. The game was back and forth early, but the Pacers managed to take the lead for good late in the first quarter, brushing off Philly runs, earning six points with three quarter victories and the game's W, putting them back in the thick of things for the Summer League championship.
It was largely an improved effort from just about everyone involved, but it was Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee who made the biggest impact in today's win. Hill really showed his maturity, winding his way to 22 points on 7-11 shooting, including four triples, nine rebounds, and four assists. After drifting a bit yesterday trying to find his footing, Hill came out in a big way today, playing smart and finding guys or himself in the right position with a hustle play or a slick move here and there.
Of course, jumping on the Solomon Hill bandwagon after one performance may be a bit premature, but it's clear this is a guy who really gets what he needs to be doing on the floor. It's been written about before, but it's really great to not only see a smart player on the floor, but a very well spoken player off the floor as well. It's one thing to overreact to a single game, but how about a level of consistency? Miles Plumlee tied another Summer League record, following a six block effort with 15 rebounds.
In addition, Plumlee totaled 16 points and four more blocks. While his post game is a bit rudimentary, working on occasion, he's offered no real level of concern from his level of play so far in this Summer League. The Pacers held the Sixers to 35.5% shooting, helped in part due to Plumlee's defense. Orlando Johnson wasn't as effective getting to the line today, but did score 13, including 6-6 from the charity stripe. He took care of the ball better than any starter did today, committing just one turnover.
Turnovers were a major issue again today for the Pacers, who gave it away 21 times. The last thing this team wants to see after last season is turnovers, making Donald Sloan's four a moderate annoyance. Sloan was better early than throughout the game, but did score 11 with three assists. The Pacers gave some burn to Jonny Flynn today, who after a pretty impressive start, slumped into a pretty woeful stretch of basketball, showing questionable decision making to go with a trio of turnovers.
Micah Downs was the leader off the bench, pouring in 14 on 5-7 shooting, 4-5 from downtown. It'll be interesting to see whether Downs can find consistency through the week. In addition, Christian Watford had a better go around as well, hitting his first two three pointers for six points, but did little else, committing four fouls.
For Philadelphia, Wyatt was the team's go to, scoring 33% of their total points, carrying the scoring load as Michael Carter-Williams stumbled to a 4-20 shooting performance, scoring 13 and dishing seven assists, getting swatted away four times on the day. Arnett Moultrie had a solid 17 point effort, with nine boards, five on the offensive glass. Moultrie was a bit of a problem for Indiana in a couple of the Sixers games last year, showing he can be a valuable piece for the Sixers next season.
Check out the box score from today's showing for all your number crunching needs. The Pacers move to 1-1 in Summer League play, gaining six points to bring their total to eight, moving them into third, with the same points as Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics, who they'll tip off against tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.