Indiana came to town riding a four-game winning streak and were also playing their third game in as many nights.
The Sixers were looking for a fourth consecutive victory but playing without their most consistent player and second-leading scorer in Thaddeus Young.
The Sixers trailed by just three at halftime, but a cold third quarter doomed them in an 88-69 loss. The Sixers’ 69 points were a season low as the team’s record dropped to 21-27.
The Sixers were outscored 22-14 in that critical third quarter.
The Pacers shot 20 free throws in the second half to the Sixers’ three. For the game, Indiana was 19 of 24 at the line and the Sixers were just 4 of 6.
Follow the leader
Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Paul George, George Hill and David West each scored 15 points.
The Sixers were led in scoring by Jrue Holiday with 17 points. Lavoy Allen added 12.
The Pacers are No. 1 in opponents’ field goal percentage (42.1 percent) and second-best in points allowed (90.4). They limited the Sixers to 36 percent shooting and just 69 points.
Evan Turner was a dismal 1 for 10 for two points on the night, his fourth straight single-digit scoring game. He is 9 of 36 from the floor over those four games.
Turner did have 10 rebounds against the Pacers.
Take a bow
Rookie Arnett Moultrie knew that in the absence of Thaddeus Young an opportunity to play more minutes would come his way. He seized the moment on Wednesday night.
He played 18 minutes and scored a career-high 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds and blocked a couple shots.
The Sixers will host the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. Charlotte is 11-37 after a 122-95 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday, their fifth consecutive defeat.
The Sixers won a road game over the Bobcats, 104-98, back on Nov. 30. All five starters scored in double figures led by Evan Turner’s 25 points.
The Bobcats are led in scoring by Kemba Walker, who averages 17.8 points a night. However, they are 23rd in the NBA as a team with 94.5 points a game.