The Sixers kicked off the 1st of 8 seeding games with a match up against the Indiana Pacers. A win tonight and Philly could move up to the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. A loss, while not a complete nightmare, would make getting premium playoff seeding that much more difficult.
It was a tough first quarter for the Sixers. Philadelphia’s defense was almost non existent as Indiana shot better than 60% from the field. Tobias Harris was the biggest key to Philly staying in the game, he scored 10 points including a key and one to stop a 17-0 Pacer run. The defense eventually stiffened and Philly was able to come out of the first quarter trailing by only 6 with a score of 35-29.
The Sixers started off way better in the second quarter even taking the lead after a 15-7 run of their own. The good fortune wouldn’t last however. After a yet another slew of horrendous turnovers, most notably by Shake Milton, and having no answer for the hot shooting of T.J. Warren, they found themselves behind again in the latter part of the quarter. When All was said and done Philly once again trailed by 6 going into the half, 61-55
Philly finally got things going in the third quarter. Led by the excellent play of Harris and Joel Embiid the Sixers outscored the Pacers by 12 in the quarter. The defense was also dialed in and kept the Pacers without a field goal for the first 7 minutes. When the dust settled the Sixers led 87-81 after 3.
TJ WARREN COMES UP CLUTCH.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 2, 2020
53 points 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/NbTkC6bpTy
The Sixers started the quarter hot but eventually surrendered a 10 point lead on the way to a horrendous 4th quarter in which they gave up 46 points in total. Warren had a career high 53, as he torched Philly’s pathetic attempt at defense. By the end of regulation they found themselves starring at 6 point loss 127-121. The loss puts them even further behind Indiana in the conference standings.
Final Score: Sixers 121 Pacers 127