In their first regular season game since March, the Indiana Pacers returned to action in a big way, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers behind 53 points from T.J. Warren. Warren was electric all night, scoring 19 points in the first quarter and 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pacers secure a season series clinching win over the Sixers.
Warren was not only great all night, but was clutch when it mattered, scoring 12 in the final four minutes (and change), keeping Philly at bay late. Warren even called game on a dagger three with 10 seconds left.
Outside of Warren, this was a rough win. Without Malcolm Brogdon, the Pacers played shorthanded and needed every single one of Warren’s 53 points. Myles Turner was hampered with foul trouble all night against Joel Embiid and only Aaron Holiday and Victor Oladipo reached double figures with 15 points each.
The Pacers gutted out this one, but it moves them a game ahead of Philadelphia for the fifth seed in the East, clinching the season series in the event of a tie.