Six­ers lose sev­enth straight

Paul Ge­orge spurs In­di­ana to OT vic­tory

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Cory El­liott

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS >> If not for Paul Ge­orge, the Philadel­phia 76ers might have left In­di­ana with their first win of the sea­son.

On Wed­nes­day night, two fa­mil­iar sto­ry­lines played out in the game’s fi­nal min­utes: the Pac­ers once again re­lied on their All-Star for­ward to pull out a close win at home; and the Six­ers lost yet an­other close game.

Ge­orge, who fin­ished with 28 points and eight re­bounds, scored seven of the Pac­ers’ 13 points in over­time to de­feat the Six­ers 122-115.

“They’re a young group. They’re still go­ing to come out and be com­pet­i­tive. That’s what we over­looked,” Ge­orge said.

The Six­ers were re­silient all game, and mul­ti­ple times dur­ing the fi­nal 3 min­utes they looked as if they were go­ing to put the game away. The 76ers led by as many as six points with less than 2 min­utes re­main­ing in the game be­fore Jeff Teague hit a floater in the lane to give In­di­ana a one-point lead. With 6 sec­onds re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion, Gerald Hen­der­son hit a 3-pointer to give Philadel­phia a 2-point lead. But on the en­su­ing Pac­ers’ pos­ses­sion, Ge­orge hit a base­line jumper with 3 sec­onds left to tie it at 109.

On the Pac­ers’ first pos­ses­sion of over­time, Ge­orge set the tone with a 3-pointer to give In­di­ana the lead. And it was Ge­orge who threw down an em­phatic dunk that gave In­di­ana a six-point lead, ul­ti­mately seal­ing the win for the Pac­ers.

“Coach drew up a play for the 3-pointer to open up over­time,” Ge­orge said. “Those mo­ments, I have ex­pe­ri­ence.Those plays suck the life out of you, and I knew at that mo­ment we needed to play (with ur-


Teague fin­ished with a sea­son-high 30 points and added nine as­sists. Teague and Ge­orge com­bined to score In­di­ana’s fi­nal 15 points of the fourth quar­ter. Myles Turner fin­ished with 15 points and nine re­bounds for In­di­ana.

The fi­nal score won’t show how much Philadel­phia con­trolled Wed­nes­day night’s game at times. The

Pac­ers could not pull away from the Six­ers through­out much of the game, and even squan­dered the small lead they held at one point, hav­ing to climb back from a dou­ble-digit deficit. In­di­ana led 37-34 half­way through the sec­ond quar­ter when the 76ers opened up a 13-0 run to take a 10-point lead. In­di­ana an­swered with a 10-2 run to pull within sin­gle dig­its, but the 76ers went into half­time lead­ing 60-54.

Philadel­phia even had an op­por­tu­nity to win the game in the fourth quar­ter. With about 3 sec­onds left

in reg­u­la­tion, Jahlil Okafor at­tempted a fade-away jumper from the base­line that bounced off the back of the rim as time ex­pired.

Robert Cov­ing­ton led the Six­ers with 23 points. Hen­der­son fin­ished with 17 points and five re­bounds while Dario Saric had 14 points and 12 re­bounds.

“We had a lot of bal­ance in our scor­ing, but we gave up a few too many points,” Hen­der­son said. “A cou­ple of times we messed up on game plan-type stuff and had some silly turnovers. We de­served to win the

game, we just came up a lit­tle short, and we move on.”

Saric was search­ing for an an­swer.

“I don’t know what to say,” he said. “We fall a point short. We have to con­tinue to work hard in prac­tice, ev­ery­one give 100 per­cent and a win will come one day. We hope it comes in the next game at home, in front of our fans, they de­serve it.”


Philadel­phia: Joel Em­biid did not travel with the team to In­di­ana, re­main­ing in Philadel­phia for rest.


In­di­ana Pac­ers guard Jeff Teague drives around 76ers guard Gerald Hen­der­son dur­ing over­time Wed­nes­day.

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