Turner leads balanced attack as Pacers edge 76ers

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 14, 2018

This game also marked Booker's first game against the Sixers since being waived on February 28. More importantly, it clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker for the Pacers, who have won two of three games against Philadelphia this season.

Ben Simmons began to give the Sixers some momentum back when he rattled off six straight points to give the Sixers their second lead of the game.

Once again, IN took command. This time the Pacers went on a 14-0 run to stretch the lead as large as 25-14. The Pacers, as was the theme in the quarter, would pull away and take a 33-23 lead into the second quarter, due in large part to Myles Turner's 10 point first quarter.

The Sixers stayed down by roughly the same margin for the second quarter up until Ben Simmons returned to the floor.

This won't be the Sixers' last game with playoff implications either. The Blue & Gold took a 57-53 advantage into the break. Saric scored nine of his 11 in the second quarter.

The Sixers were hurt by some sloppy play leading to 12 turnovers in the first half. The Pacers only turned it over three times in the first half. The Pacers went on to extend their lead, again. Former Sixer Thaddeus Young scored six of his 11 third quarter points as soon as Simmons left and helped IN take a 80-71 lead. Embiid missed on a 3-pointer at the top the key.

IN led by as many as 11 points in the opening frame and took a 33-23 lead into the second quarter.

With 21 seconds left in the game, the Pacers went up by five points on two free throws.

Robertson, Johnson and Jason Kidd are the only other players to have 100 triple-doubles in their career.

Turner hit both at the line and the Sixers called a timeout to get organized for one final push.

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Joel Embiid answered with another posterizing dunk. On the ensuing possessionthe Sixers forced an offensive foul on Victor Oladipo after double teaming him. That gave the Sixers the ball with 7.6 seconds.

Dario Saric and Oladipo were tied up for the ball with 3.0 seconds remaining.

Oladipo won the jump ball, and Bojan Bogdanovic wisely smacked the loose ball off of Ben Simmons to give IN possession, and the 101-98 victory.

It was Philadelphia's first loss at the Wells Fargo Center since December 21.

The key stat of the night was turnovers, where the Sixers committed 21 to the Pacers' nine.

Thaddeus Young had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Cory Joseph added 13 points for the Pacers.

The 116-102 victory over the Brooklyn Nets put Toronto four games clear of the Boston Celtics with Valanciunas netting 26 points and adding 14 rebounds.

Westbrook had 12 rebounds and 12 assists to go along with his 32 points for his 100th career triple-double as the Thunder (41-29) look to lock up a fop four place in the west.

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Clippers retained their place in a play-offs spot with a 112-106 win over the Chicago Bulls while the Dallas Mavericks defeated the New York Knicks 110-97.

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