For at least one night, the potential concerns of the Indiana Pacers and their 2014-15 season was alleviated with a 103-91 opening night win against the Philadelphia 76ers to start the season 1-0. The Pacers certainly made things more interesting than they had to before pulling away from Philadelphia late in the fourth quarter. Roy Hibbert was the star of the game for the Pacers, leading the way with 22 points on 6-8 shooting, with eight rebounds and seven blocks to his name.
Rodney Stuckey helped change the tide of the game helping lead the Pacers on a 12-0 run to close the first quarter. On the game, Stuckey had 16 points in 16 minutes to lead the bench. Donald Sloan had some jitters early with turnovers and bad decisions, but rounded out a double double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists. Six Pacers reached double figures with C.J. Miles scoring 15, Chris Copeland scoring 11, and Luis Scola putting in 10.
The 76ers were led by Tony Wroten who had 22, as they dominated the paint early in the game as part of 48 paint points throughout the game. Alexey Shved hit a trio of threes to score 18 off the bench for Philadelphia. Indiana showed signs of solid ball movement, assisting on 22 of their 38 field goals, but weren't shy on pulling the trigger on bad shots. Indiana will be tested on Friday when the Memphis Grizzlies come to Indianapolis.