Jackson and Indiana cruise past slumping Philadelphia
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson poured in 23 points on 8-
of-13 shooting to lead Indiana to an easy 92-79 win over Philadelphia at
Peja Stojakovic added 18 points for the Pacers, who won for the second time in
three games and tied Washington for the fifth position in the Eastern
Conference playoff race. Danny Granger contributed a double-double with 17
points and 12 rebounds in the win.
Allen Iverson recorded a game-high 26 points and dished out six assists for
the Sixers, who lost their second straight game and for the sixth time in
seven contests. Philadelphia remains two games in front of Chicago for the
Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. Chris Webber netted 24
points in the loss.
Philadelphia scored only 34 points in the second half as the Pacers used a
stifling defense to bury the Sixers.
Indiana scored the first six points of the second half to take control of the
Jermaine O’Neal fueled the mini-spurt with a turnaround jumper. After
Stojakovic connected on a fade away jumper, Jackson got behind the Sixers’
lazy defense for an easy layup to cap the burst with less than two minutes
gone in the quarter.
The Pacers continued to stretch the lead from there.
Five straight Jackson points finished the quarter. First the Indiana swingman
buried a three from the left corner. On the Pacers’ next possession, Jackson
connected on a mid-range jumper from the right baseline to make the score
76-57 entering the final frame.
O’Neal’s reverse layup, with a little over two minutes gone in the fourth
quarter, gave Indiana its largest lead of the game, 78-57.
The Sixers managed to cut the deficit to 14 points, 84-70, after Kyle Korver
busted a long three from the right wing, but Jackson halted any thoughts of a
comeback by answering with a trey of his own to make the score, 87-70 with
Philadelphia never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
The two teams were on the see-saw for the first 12 minutes of action. After
seven lead changes, the Sixers took a slim 25-23 advantage heading into the
The Pacers dominated the second frame and took a 52-45 edge into intermission.
Granger came off the bench to lead Indiana with 15 points. Iverson had 18
points at the break for Philadelphia.
Indiana’s Jeff Foster had 14 rebounds…Indiana is 4-5 in its last nine home
games and 22-13 at Conseco Fieldhouse this season…The Sixers own a 12-22
mark as the visitor this season and have lost four straight on the road…The
Sixers had won three in a row at Conseco Fieldhouse…The Sixers’ bench
contributed just 19 points and was a miserable 8-for-25 from the floor. Samuel
Dalembert was 1-of-11…Indiana had a season-high 26 turnovers.