Pacers down 76ers, sweep back-to-back-to-back

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Updated: February 6, 2013

The heavy-legged Indiana Pacers, led by
Roy Hibbert’s 18 points and 14 rebounds, displayed their defensive prowess in
downing the Philadelphia 76ers, 88-69, for their third win in as many days.

Playing the final test in the NBA’s only back-to-back-to-back this season, the
Pacers held Philadelphia to 34 percent shooting in rolling to their fifth
consecutive victory, including a rescheduled Central-Division clash with the
Bulls on Monday and a double-digit win over the Hawks on Tuesday.

George Hill, Paul George and David West all chipped in 15 points for the
victors.

“The tanks were on (empty) but our team is a very mentally tough team,” Pacers
head coach Frank Vogel said. “They proved it tonight with a big win.”

The already-ailing Sixers fell to 4-2 on their eight-game homestand and
received more dire news Wednesday as it is being reported starting guard Jason
Richardson will need to undergo season-ending surgery on his knee. On Monday,
the club’s second-leading scorer and top rebounder, Thaddeus Young, suffered a
grade one left hamstring strain and will miss the next three weeks.

Rookie Arnett Moultrie saw more playing time as a result and netted 12 points
to follow up Jrue Holiday’s team-high 19-point effort in the club’s lowest
scoring output of season.

Both teams shot under 36 percent from the field in the first half. Indiana led
most of the way and went into the break holding a slim 37-34 advantage.

After trading baskets to start the third quarter, the Pacers went ahead by
double digits for the first time via a 9-0 run. George hit a fadeaway to start
the spurt and made two free throws to end it for a 48-36 lead.

It was a 59-48 game heading to the fourth, and the closest in got in the final
frame was nine.

“They made a little push in the first couple of minutes (in the second
half)…and we didn’t have enough fire power,” Holiday said.

Game Notes

Indiana had dropped three straight on the road and improved to 11-16 as the
visitor this season … The Pacers have won nine of the past 13 meetings in
Philadelphia dating back to the 2005-06 season … Indiana outscored the
Sixers at the free throw line, 19-5 … Lavoy Allen, who started in place of
Young, scored 12 points.