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PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 14 rebounds Wednesday night as the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 88-69 to earn their third victory in as many nights.

David West, George Hill and Paul George added 15 points apiece for the Central Division-leading Pacers (31-19), who because of a rescheduled game Monday are the only NBA team to play three straight days this season. Winners of five straight in all, they limited the Sixers to a season-low point total on 34.4-percent shooting.

Jrue Holiday scored 19 points to lead the Sixers (21-27) but shot just 7-for-22 from the floor. The Sixers, who saw a three-game winning streak end, did not score more than 21 points in any quarter.

Still without center Andrew Bynum and guard Jason Richardson because of knee injuries, they were also playing their first game without forward Thaddeus Young, who pulled a hamstring in Monday's victory over Orlando.

Hibbert scored six points in a 19-8 spree early in the third quarter, when the Pacers extended a 37-34 halftime lead to 56-42. Philadelphia was never closer than eight after that.

Lavoy Allen and rookie Arnett Moultrie each scored 12 points for the Sixers. Moultrie's total was a career high.

Hibbert had 10 points and eight rebounds in the first half, when the Pacers assumed a 37-34 lead. Indiana shot just 35.4 percent in the half but limited the Sixers to 31.4-percent shooting.

The Sixers, who were led in the half by Allen with eight points and Dorell Wright with seven, managed just 15 points in the first quarter, matching their lowest output in that period this season.

Their 34 points in the half also matched a season low.

NOTES: The Pacers began the night 29th in the league in scoring, at 92.8 points per game, but were averaging 106 over their previous six. Coach Frank Vogel said improved ball movement was the reason. "That's something we've preached all year," he said. "They've really started to embrace it the last four, five, six games." ... Indiana forward Danny Granger, who has yet to play this season because of a bad left knee, is expected to return later this month. Granger's absence, Vogel said, represented "an opportunity for other guys to step up." He mentioned George, who has emerged as the team's leading scorer in Granger's absence, as one guy who has taken particular advantage, and said he was also impressed with Lance Stephenson's development. Stephenson, a bit player the previous two years, has been a season-long starter. ... When asked before the game when Bynum might be available, Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said, "He said it'd be about 10 days to two weeks." ... Richardson, who missed his eighth straight game with a sore left knee, received a third opinion Wednesday from Dr. Jonathan Glashow at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
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