The Indiana Pacers just suffered their first loss in four games, as their three-game winning streak has come to an end at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers, more specifically, Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid.
This game didn't start well for the Pacers, as Philadelphia led by as much as 19 before Indiana went on a run to make the game more competitive. The second half was a tale of shifting momentum, as the Pacers tried their hardest to get the game back in their control and even succeeded for a bit by taking a one-point lead.
However, this lead was quite short-lived, as Philadelphia took control again and won by 11 points off two incredible performances and some... questionable officiating.
The first noteworthy performance from Philadelphia came from the most obvious source, as Joel Embiid had 37 points, including 19 in the first quarter to set the tone for a Philadelphia win.
Embiid was everywhere on the night, scoring from the inside and outside and dominating Myles Turner every step of the way while also finishing with 13 rebounds due to the Pacers' severe lack of rebounding, which we will touch upon soon.
However, while Embiid was fantastic on the night, he was not even the best player on the 76ers. That honor would go to Tyrese Maxey, who would explode for a career-high 50 points on the Pacers' defense, scoring in every way, shape, and form.
Maxey was red-hot on the night, shooting a tremendous 20-32 from the field and 7/11 from beyond the arc, and even adding some unlikely defensive prowess to his production with three blocks, including one in the clutch on a Buddy Hield dunk that would've cut the Sixers lead to two with 7:37.
The 76ers guard was so electric shooting the ball that he was making crazy shots despite the best defensive efforts from the Pacers, with him making plenty of stepback threes with hands in his face. Despite the 50 points from Maxey, the Pacers losing ultimately came down to the rebound battle, in which they were severely outperformed.
Watching this game, there were a few players that stood out, and not many takeaways besides the obvious, so let's talk about some great performances, and some duds on the night.