The Indiana Pacers were on fire in this game, finishing 39-67 (58.2%), in a 101-94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. This is the second win in as many games for Indiana (48-17) after beating Boston on Tuesday.
Paul George had another big game, scoring 25 points on 9-15 shooting, including 4-7 on 3-point attempts. Other key performers for Indiana were David West with 18 points and 7 rebounds, George Hill with 14 points and 9 assists, and Lance Stephenson with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had another quality performance for Philadelphia in the loss, scoring 25 points on 10-31 shooting. He also recorded 10 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Michael Carter-Williams contributed 12 points and 9 rebounds.
As expected, the 76ers offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Pacers defense that ranks best in the league at forcing misses (45.7% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 43.3% in this game, they rank 27th in the NBA in that metric at 47.0% this season. The Pacers combined an eFG% of 64.9% with 42.9% 3-point shooting. They are undefeated (6-0) this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The 76ers, on the other hand, are 1-13 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Philadelphia (15-50) has now lost 19 consecutive games.
Coming up, the Pacers square off against the Detroit Pistons, who are 25-40 on the season. The 76ers go up against the Memphis Grizzlies, currently sitting at 38-27 this year. The Pacers have a 1-1 record against Detroit this season.