The Sixers followed up their strong showing against the Heat with a solid performance against the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, but unlike Wednesday, their efforts earned them a victory.
The Sixers improved to 25-40 with their 98-91 win over the Pacers Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers held the Pacers to 39 percent shooting and outscored them on the fast break, 20-8.
Indiana leads the season series 2-1 and will see the Sixers one more time in Indianapolis on April 17, the final game of the regular season.
The Sixers trailed, 72-71, after three quarters. They started the fourth quarter on a 19-4 run to lead 90-76 with 5:45 to play.
Follow the leader
Jrue Holiday had 20 points in the first half before finishing with 27. He tallied his 18th double-double, adding 12 assists.
Spencer Hawes registered his 12th double-double of the season with 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. He fell just two assists or three blocks short of a triple-double with a season-high eight helpers and seven rejections.
Roy Hibbert scored 25 points to lead the Pacers and also pulled down 10 rebounds. David West added 18 points. Paul George was just 6-for-15 from the floor, but did have 13 rebounds and eight assists to go with his 18 points.
The Pacers are the fourth-best offensive rebounding team in the NBA, averaging nearly 13 per game. Against the Sixers, they had nine offensive rebounds in the first half which led to 17 second-chance points. They finished with 18 offensive boards and 22 second-chance points.
Take a bow
Dorell Wright has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 14 games. Over that stretch, he is shooting 43 percent from behind the arc. Against the Pacers he was 4-for-6 from the floor for 13 points.
The Sixers host the Portland Trailblazers on Monday, wrapping up their four-game homestand. They then go west for four games against the Clippers, Nuggets, Kings and Jazz.
Back in December the Blazers beat the Sixers, 89-85, at the Rose Garden. The Sixers had four players in double figures, led by Holiday’s 29 points.
Nicolas Batum led Portland with 22 points. Monday’s game is the first of five in the East for the Trailblazers.