Indiana Pacers: 3 biggest takeaways from home win over the Philadelphia 76ers

Indiana Pacers, Justin Holiday - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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On the heels of a strong road trip finish, the Indiana Pacers cruised to a wire-to-wire victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, improving to 6-8 on the season with their fifth win in the previous seven contests after a slow start to the campaign.

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Leading by as much as 20, the Pacers never looked back after midway through the first quarter, capitalizing on the 76ers’ injury-laden roster. While Philly didn’t go away, even flirting with a close game after cutting the deficit to just five late in the final frame, Indiana delivered in clutch time, with TJ McConnell’s personal 6-0 run in the closing minutes of the period ultimately sending them away for good.

The Indiana Pacers claim their sixth win of the season after beating the 76ers

Justin Holiday registered his best game this season and led the Pacers in this game, finishing with a team-high and individual season-high 27 points on six three-pointers off the bench. Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis collaborated for 38 markers, while Malcolm Brogdon tallied his second career triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.

On Philadelphia’s side, Tobias Harris kept them in the game all night, scoring a game-high 32 points on a heavier scoring load sans Joel Embiid. Tyrese Maxey chipped in 24 markers as the 76ers fall to 8-6 on the season, losing four straight.

Overall, Indiana shot a season-high 57.3 percent from the field, including a staggering 67.4 percent in the first half as they raced out to a double-digit lead, finishing the outing with 33 assists, just one short of their best mark this season.

With the Indiana Pacers set for another road trip starting with Monday’s affair at New York, here are three biggest takeaways from their win at home over the Philadelphia 76ers.