Sixers lose 101-98 to Pacers in game with playoff implications

Embiid Covington lead 76ers to easy win over Nets

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. They've gone from starting a rebuild around Nerlens Noel to competing for home-court advantage in about five years. None of us can really predict what the next month, how those games are going to play. "I said that to the team - rarely do I go there".

Philadelphia are sixth in the eat at 36-30.

With the setback, the Sixers fell 3.0 games behind IN in the Eastern Conference standings, and saw their streak of 13 consecutive victories IN South Philadelphia come to an end. Winning would not only give the tiebreaker to Philadelphia, but also move them into a tie for fifth and within a game of Indiana.

But the Sixers had an opportunity to win.

The Pacers looked ready to close it out when they had the ball with a three-point lead in the final seconds, but Oladipo committed an offensive foul in Indiana's backcourt to give Philadelphia the ball.

Earlier, Stephenson took exception to a hard foul by Simmons with 7:53 left in the second quarter, angrily getting up and pointing at Simmons. The Sixers were left with 7.6 seconds to score three points to force overtime. Embiid then had a tying 3-point attempt go off the front of the rim. As a result, IN (40-28) owns the tiebreaker should both team finish the regular season with the same record.

However, those performances were not enough as the Indiana Pacers recorded a 101-98 road win to maintain their grip on third in the eastern conference. More importantly, it clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker for the Pacers, who have won two of three games against Philadelphia this season.

The Sixers committed 21 turnovers in the game, which in translated into 29 points. Turner finished with 25 points and six rebounds.

Meanwhile, Sixers point guard Ben Simmons had 10 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists (both game highs) for his seventh triple-double of the season. Saric added 18 points for the Sixers.

Threes from Dario Saric, J.J. Redick, and Marco Belinelli pulled the Sixers within four as the Pacers held a 42-38 lead.

This game also marked Booker's first game against the Sixers since being waived on February 28. The Pacers signed him for the remainder of the season on March 3. Ben Simmons also filled up the stat sheet with eight points, six rebounds, and five assists.

The reserve power forward was very physical with his former teammates while providing solid defense. Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson scored 11 points each and Darren Collison had 10. Saric then came back with a trey and tied the game at 71 with 5:23 left in the third.

Turner hit both at the line and the Sixers called a timeout to get organized for one final push. The center collided into Domantas Sabonis underneath the basket. The Pacers reserve post player was injured on the play He went to the locker room unable to put any weight on his leg.

The home squad pulled within two points (83-81) on Embiid's fadeway jumper with 10:41 left. The Pacers went on to extend their lead, again. The Sixers battled back into the game and almost pulled out the victory.

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