Roy Hibbert leads surging Pacers to 94-74 win over 76ers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Roy Hibbert had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 94-74 on Sunday night.
The win moved the surging Pacers (25-34) three percentage points ahead of Brooklyn and Charlotte in the crowded race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Indiana has won eight of 10, while the 76ers have lost six of seven.
George Hill scored 17 points and Luis Scola added 15 off the bench for the Pacers. Hibbert had his 14th double-double of the season.
Indiana held Philadelphia to 10 points in the fourth quarter on 4-of-22 shooting.
Robert Covington led the Sixers with 12 points despite leaving in the third period due to an injury. Ish Smith added 11 off the bench.
Nerlens Noel started and scored 10 points despite leg pain after landing awkwardly during Friday night's home win over Washington.
C.J. Miles, a late scratch from the Pacers' starting lineup due to a sore right foot, came off the bench during the first quarter. He finished with seven points and was part of a 48-point output from Indiana's reserves that included 12 by Rodney Stuckey.
Hill capped an 18-6 run with his only 3-pointer, giving the Pacers a 53-36 lead. Indiana led 59-46 at halftime.
The 76ers fought back early in the second half with a 12-6 run and cut the lead to 65-58. They outscored Indiana 18-14 in the third, but were unable to carry the momentum into the final period.
Covington's injury came with 3:18 to play in the third quarter. The 6-foot-9 forward landed awkwardly on his right side following a layup. He walked off the court holding his right arm and went straight to the locker room.
76ers: Philadelphia made its last field goal with 6:49 to play before missing its final 11 attempts.
Pacers: Indiana closed the game on a 17-3 run after Philadelphia pulled to 77-71 with 9:07 remaining.
The 76ers host Toronto on Monday night.
The Pacers host New York on Wednesday night.
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