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Sixers fail to clinch number 1 seed thanks to terrible second half offense in Indiana


Philadelphia 76ers v Indiana Pacers Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Tonight, the Sixers lost to the Indiana Pacers on the road, 103-94.

It was an especially (even if ultimately momentarily) deflating loss, as the Sixers failed to capitalize on facing a shorthanded Indiana team that was playing on the second night of a back-to-back. The Pacers were missing guard Malcolm Brogdon and center Myles Turner, among others.

The Sixers were without MVP candidate Joel Embiid as well as bench contributors Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz.

It was a tale of two halves for the Sixers, as they beat Indy, 62-51 in the first half, only to lose the second half 52-32. As you can see, the Sixers’ offense screeched to a complete halt in the third and fourth quarters.

Ben Simmons started the game wonderfully, scoring 14 points in the first half. Simmons stalled in a big way in the second, finishing with a line of 20 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 turnovers, 5 fouls and a staggering -18 on the night.

Tobias Harris was up-and-down as well, tallying 27 points on 24 shots, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Danny Green had a rough go of it on both ends. The veteran swingman shot only 2/9 from the field and had difficulty staying with Pacers’ shooter Doug McDermott defensively.

Seth Curry was another player who got off to a nice start before wilting in the second half, scoring 10 points overall on 4/9 shooting.

Tyrese Maxey was once again a bright spot for the Sixers — and frankly, should’ve played more — scoring 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench.

Without Embiid, the Sixers devoted a combined 37 minutes of playing time to Mike Scott and Anthony Tolliver in this one — a dangerous recipe for any team aiming to win a basketball game.

For the Pacers, old friend TJ McConnell was again a thorn in his former team’s side, scoring 10 points in 11 minutes off the bench.

Now the Sixers will look to provide possibly the most satisfying available ending to this regular season by defeating Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat on Thursday night in Miami, thus clinching the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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