Turner steps up for Pacers

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

The 76ers used an early 8-0 run to open up a 14-9 lead on Tuesday night, but the Pacers quickly answered, reeling off 14 unanswered points to surge back in front.

This game also marked Booker's first game against the Sixers since being waived on February 28.

Turner corralled the rebound and knocked down both free throws with 21.5 seconds remaining to seemingly seal the game.

Pacers: Booker, who averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 33 games with the 76ers this season before signing with in on March 3, had five points and six rebounds in 17 minutes.

Once again, IN took command.

The Pacers went cold and missed 12 straight 3-pointers during one stretch.

The Pacers led throughout the second half, but they had a hard time separating themselves from Philadelphia.

The first quarter saw two ties and three lead changes before IN assumed control. That gave the Sixers the ball with 7.6 seconds. The Sixers battled back into the game and almost pulled out the victory. Myles Turner has 30.1 fantasy points per game. The Blue & Gold took a 57-53 advantage into the break.

LOS ANGELES - Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers rallied for the win.

NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis had 31 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, leading New Orleans to the victory. Unfortunately Simmons also accumulated 3 personal fouls in the half, which limited his playing time early. Kuzma had only two points in the first half.

The Sixers hung tough and finally pulled even with the Pacers after Dario Saric hit a three from the top of the key on Ben Simmons's eighth assist of the game to make it 71 all.

The Spurs led 62-37 at halftime and extended that cushion to 39 entering the fourth quarter.

Lou Williams scored 26 and Tobias Harris had 18 points for Los Angeles, which took control late in the third quarter on the way to its fifth win in six games.

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

The Sixers managed to build some momentum after Joel Embiid rolled toward the baseline and steamrolled his way in for a huge dunk that made it a 92-89 game with just over four minutes to play. That good luck appeared to run out when Oladipo buried a three to extend the Pacers lead to eight. The Pacers shot 40 percent - 38 for 95 - from the field.

With less than a minute to go J.J. Redick hit a quick three following two free throws from Thaddeus Young to shrink the IN lead to five points. He's averaged 23.8 PTS, 5.3 REB, 4.3 AST, 2.2 STL, 0.8 BLK and 3 TO this season. Simmons tied Magic Johnson for the second-most triple-doubles by a rookie in NBA History. The point man tallied 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, while committing 2 turnovers.

However, things started to get heated as the Sixers mounted a comeback.

On the ensuing possession, Victor Oladipo was called with an offensive foul in the backcourt after being trapped by Ben Simmons and T.J. McConnell. The Sixers were left with 7.6 seconds to score three points to force overtime. Saric and Embiid each had four turnovers.

Victor Oladipo and Bojan Bogdanovic, the Pacers' two leading scorers, could not buy a bucket in Philadelphia.

It was the first time the Sixers have lost at Wells Fargo Center since December 21, snapping a 13-game winning streak.

Myles Turned led the Pacers with 25 points.

Joseph added 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while Oladipo (11 points), Lance Stephenson (11 points), and Darren Collison (10 points) all also finished in double figures. IN standout guard Victor Oladipo sank just 4 of 21 shots and scored 11 points.

Embiid scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but had eight turnovers. Robert Covington also registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.