After one half of play at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Pacers are leading the 76ers 64-54.
The Pacers looked dominant in the first half against the 76ers — who entered Monday’s matchup losers of their last six games — holding a double-digit lead for the majority of the half. The 76ers, however, showed resiliency, getting their 21-point deficit down to just seven points late in the half.
Indiana, which controls its own playoff destiny, used an overpowering 19-point half from Paul George to build a 10-point lead at halftime.
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The Pacers opened the game on fire, spiriting out to an 11-2 lead following a 3-pointer from George. In an attempt to slow the early onslaught of scoring, 76ers head coach Brett Brown called the game’s first timeout just 2:35 into the contest.
George, who had been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier in the day, continued his torrid play, racking up an absurd 17 points in the first quarter to help the Pacers enter the second quarter leading 35-20.
PG wasn’t the only Pacers player feeling it early. As a team, Indiana shot 66.7 percent in the opening frame while holding the 76ers to just 7-of-20 shooting and seven turnovers.
To open the second quarter, Indiana’s bench kept the pressure on, using an Aaron Brooks 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 19-point lead with 8:51 remaining in the half.
But down the stretch of the half, the 76ers — who had trailed by 21 earlier — battled back with an 11-0 run, winnowing their deficit to just seven points with four minutes remaining.
With the second quarter coming to a close, the Pacers successfully defended a last-second 76ers shot, taking a 10-point lead into the locker room.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
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Please Note: For the remainder of the season, all Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on FM 107.5 as well as AM 1070 The Fan.
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Away Game Night Special
Primary Logo T-Shirt – $12. Game Night Specials can be purchased online the day of each away game from 10:00 AM – Midnight. Order Online »
Home Court Gift Shop Game Night Special
Hickory State Hat – $10. Game Night Specials can be purchased in the Home Court Gift Shop or any of our souvenir stands located on all levels of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The special is also available online at PacersGear.com until midnight.
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