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Pacers Get By Sixers

Domantas Sabonis recorded his ninth triple-double of the season with 16 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds and Caris LeVert added 24 points to help the Pacers rally for a 103-94 play-in round clinching victory.


Indiana has won three of its last four after finding the energy and effort that seemed to be missing for weeks.


This one was especially pleasant, too, because they ended the 76ers season-long winning streak at eight and prevented them from capturing the conference's top seed for the first time since 2000-01.


A Philadelphia win or losses by the Milwaukee Bucks or Brooklyn Nets would have ended the race for the top spot.


Instead, Brooklyn is two games back and Milwaukee trails by 3 1/2.


This wasn't typical 76ers basketball, either. Joel Embiid sat out with a non-COVID-19 related illness and though Tobias Harris scored 27 points and Ben Simmons finished with 13, Philadelphia scored just 32 points in the second half - 13 in the third quarter when Indiana got back into the game.


Indiana trailed almost the entire first three quarters before taking a 75-72 lead late in the third.


When Philadelphia answered with an 8-0 run, the Pacers wouldn't go away. They fought back to tie the score on at 92 on Sabonis' dunk with 4:34 left, took the lead on LeVert's two free throws with 3:44 to go and never trailed again.


The Pacers host Milwaukee on Thursday in their second-to-last home game.

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