Foul trouble, a correctable error and a tough test: Pacers kept their poise and fended off 76ers late for second tournament victory
The Pacers avenged Sunday's loss to the 76ers with a 132-126 tournament win on Tuesday, led by 33 points and 15 assists from Tyrese Haliburton.
After giving up 137 points in a double-digit loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, the Pacers had ample time to review the film and prepare for their second meeting in three days. All without leaving their five-star Philadelphia hotel. And this time, it counted for the in-season tournament since both teams are in East Group A.
The Pacers had to do a better job of keeping the 76ers off the boards (-22), prevent second-chance opportunities (-20) and keep the duo of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey from having special performances.
They did most of that, managed their emotions in an exciting yet emotional roller-coaster of a road game in front of a sellout crowd. And in Philadelphia, it’s just different. T.J. McConnell would attest to that; it’s where he got his NBA start.
And it’s what led Myles Turner to tweeting the following after the game: “Mental toughness is a skill! S/o to the Philly fans for taking that (shit) and giving me the fuel I needed!”
The Pacers started and finished strong in a 132-126 win, which was just the 76ers’ second loss of the season. The Pacers led 117-116 with 4:03 to play, then used a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to take full control for good.
They improved to 2-0 in the In-Season Tournament and have two more Group Play games before the Knockout Round.
This one had a little bit of everything, but let’s start with Haliburton. He paced the team with 33 points, seven rebounds and 15 assists — another monster night by the team’s leader. He started the game 4 for 4 from distance and made more (7) than the 76ers as a team (6).