The Indiana Pacers came through on the defensive end to pull out an impressive win over the Philadelphia 76ers. After trailing by as many as 16 late in the first half, Indiana inched their way back into it in the third, holding the 76ers to 13 points in the period to tie the game at 75-75.
In the fourth, the bench held tough despite falling behind by six, giving enough room for the starters to storm back. Indiana scored 11 straight, holding Philadelphia scoreless for over four and a half minutes. Caris LeVert sunk in the dagger with a three with 55 seconds left.
Caris LeVert's late stepback seals the @Pacers win! #AlwaysGame pic.twitter.com/iRjR0b1rxB— NBA (@NBA) May 12, 2021
LeVert finished with 24 points, closing the game 7-10 from the floor after missing nine straight shots in the first half. Domantas Sabonis had a 16 point, 13 rebound, 15 assist triple double, and Doug McDermott was a big boost to the offense throughout the night, scoring 20 with four threes.
The win clinches Indiana’s spot in the play-in games and moves them into a tie for 8th. It’s one of the most impressive wins of the year for Indiana, winning just their second game all year against a team .600 or better. They’ll host the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.