Instant Replay: Sixers 105, Pacers 95

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Instant Replay: Sixers 105, Pacers 95

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Sixers finished off their disappointing regular season with a 105-95 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. The Sixers finished the season with a 34-48 record.

The Pacers rested a number of key players in the game as the Eastern Conference’s No. 3 seed gets ready for the playoffs.

Turning point
Jrue Holiday, as much as he is coveting some offseason rest, said prior to tipoff that the Sixers really wanted to come out strong and finish the season on the right note.

The Sixers backed up that talk early, grabbing a nine-point lead in the first quarter. They increased that advantage to 22 points at halftime.

Follow the leader
The Sixers were led by Dorell Wright, who had 23 points and five assists. Evan Turner added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Lavoy Allen added 11 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double.

Indiana’s Gerald Green led all scorers with 34 points. He shot 14 of 23, including 6 for 11 from behind the arc.

Stat-egic
Since losing 99-91 to the Orlando Magic on March 10, the Sixers won 11 of their final 20 games. That was their best stretch of winning basketball since they started the season 11-9.

Take a bow
Arnett Moultrie had 14 points to go along with a career-high 12 rebounds for his first career double-double.

Moultrie, who appeared in 47 games this season, shot 58 percent from the floor for the year.

Moultrie’s summer regiment will go a long way in him having a more prominent role with the team next year.

What’s next?
Sixers players will convene for one final time this season on Thursday morning at their practice facility to conduct individual exit interviews with Sixers owner Josh Harris, head coach Doug Collins and team president Rod Thorn.

It would appear Thursday will also be Collins’ final day conducting head coaching duties for the organization.

The next steps for the Sixers to decide will be who is Collins’ successor, if they want to give general manager Tony DiLeo a new contract and what is the best way to move forward on the heels of the Andrew Bynum debacle.

5 things to know about new Sixers big man Tiago Splitter

5 things to know about new Sixers big man Tiago Splitter

Whether or not the Sixers keep Tiago Splitter after acquiring him from the Hawks for Ersan Ilyasova has not been determined (see story). In the meantime, get to know the newest member of the team.

Splitter already knows his coach
Brett Brown was working on the Spurs’ coaching staff when Splitter began playing for the team in 2010. Splitter was a member of the 2013 Spurs squad that won the championship the year after Brown departed to coach the Sixers. 

Another international addition
This season, half of the Sixers’ roster is comprised of international players. Splitter is from Brazil and played on the national team. He was unable to compete in the Olympics last summer because of hip surgery. Splitter also played overseas in Europe before coming to the NBA. The location on his Twitter profile is “Smwhere in Usa or Brazil.” 

First-rounder in ‘07
Splitter did not play his rookie season until 2010, but he was drafted in 2007. The Spurs selected Splitter with the 28th overall pick. He was chosen one pick after Arron Afflalo and one before Alando Tucker. That is the same draft in which the Sixers chose Daequan Cook at No. 21 and traded him to the Heat for Jason Smith. 

Splitter on the mic
Nik Stauskas isn’t the only member of the Sixers with a broadcasting resume anymore. Splitter made appearances on the Hawks’ television broadcast this season and also for a Brazilian network during 2016 Summer Olympics. 

#RAISETHE …?
Will Splitter raise the cat? He’s already raised his five-month-old puppy in this recent Instagram post. 

Será que esta grande o Buddy? #5meses #dog He keeps growing 😱

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Report: Bulls continuing trade push for Jahlil Okafor

Report: Bulls continuing trade push for Jahlil Okafor

The Bulls are apparently still after Jahlil Okafor.

Chicago has continued its trade push for the Sixers’ big man, according to a report Wednesday night by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In early February, the Bulls inquired about Okafor, according to a report by CSNChicago.com.

With Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline nearing, the clock is ticking on the Sixers’ possible trade of Okafor, who will get moved” by the mandatory cutoff date, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge on Tuesday.

The Sixers already have one trade completed. They finalized a deal late Wednesday night that sent Ersan Ilyasova to the Atlanta Hawks for Tiago Splitter and draft pick considerations (see story).

With Okafor, aside from the Bulls, other teams have reportedly expressed interest in the second-year center, including the Pacers, Blazers, Mavericks and Pelicans (who are expected to be out of the running after landing DeMarcus Cousins).

Okafor is averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 23 minutes per game this season over 38 contests. Last season, he played 53 games (48 starts) as a rookie and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds.

The 21-year-old has taken all the trade buzz in stride.

“Trade rumors are something that’s going to be part of my life probably for as long as I’m in the NBA," Okafor said on Feb. 4 after the Bulls’ reported interest originally surfaced. "I’ve been hearing it since I’ve been in the NBA about me being traded. I just try to focus on what I can. That’s being here on this team and trying to help this team win.”