The Indiana Pacers took care of business against a winless Philadelphia 76ers team to get them back in the win column after their tough loss to Chicago on Monday. Indiana and Philly played a tight back and forth game for the first 18 minutes of action, with Indiana leading 33-31, but from that point, it was all Pacers, with a 41-14 stretch putting the blue and gold in control of the game.
The Pacers took advantage of 31 Philadelphia turnovers, outscoring the Sixers 37-10 in points off turnovers. The Pacers controlled every aspect of the game once they began to build their lead, assisting on 28 of their 42 field goals, piling up 18 steals (every Pacer recorded a steal tonight), hitting 12 three pointers, and piling up 33 fast break points. The Pacers needed to take care of business and they did just that, to the point when they started getting careless with their play because of how easy Philadelphia was making things.
Paul George had 22 of his game high 34 points in the third quarter, hitting 13-24 from the floor with five three pointers. He pulled in eight boards, dished five assists, and had four steals in the win. George was joined by C.J. Miles in the 20-point club, with Miles hitting four threes. Monta Ellis had just seven points, but played the roll of distributor, dishing nine assists.
Chase Budinger led the Pacers bench with 15 points, coming up with four of those from offensive boards, coming up with three on the night with Indiana grabbing 16, led by Jordan Hill, who had five, as part of his 10 point, seven rebound night. Former Sixers Glenn Robinson III got in on the fun in garbage time with nine points as Lavoy Allen had a seven point, six rebound night.
For a team that's lost 22 straight dating back to last season, the 76ers have rarely looked this bad. The overall play from Philadelphia was especially bad, not only with the 31 turnovers, but with other stupid decisions, such as a confusing technical when Philadelphia entered the game with six players. The Sixers looked drained of effort, and a team high 16 from T.J. McConnell couldn't help them beyond the opening 16 minutes of game action.
But it's not of Indiana's concern where other teams are, and they move to 7-5 on the season, getting them a couple of days off to ready themselves for the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.