The Indiana Pacers fell to 5-4 on the season after losing to the upstart Philadelphia 76ers by a final of 121-110.
The Pacers led the game 108-107 after Victor Oladipo hit a 3-pointer, but were outscored 14-2 for the remainder of the game.
Oladipo started off slowly, missing his free three attempts and not scoring until around four minutes left in the first half, but still looked like an All Star possibility tonight. He ended up with 31 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds while making 12 of his 20 shot attempts.
“Guys are trying to guard me in different ways,” said Oladipo, “so in the first quarter I’m just trying to figure things out and stay aggressive.”
Myles Turner made his return to the lineup blocking three shots in the first half. He finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds, making only 4 of 14 shots as he struggled with some rust in his return to action.
The Sixers were boosted by the hot shooting of JJ Redick, who made 6 of his 7 3-point attempts in the second half on his way to 31 points. He made consecutive 3-pointers to clinch the game for the Sixers.
The Pacers struggled to match up with the large Sixers starting lineup that has Ben Simmons at point guard. All of the Pacers starters were in high negatives overall while on the court.
None struggled more than Darren Collison who never looked comfortable after starting the game guarding Simmons. He scored just 2 points on 1-of-9 shooting.
The Pacers played much better with Thad Young on Simmons, who put up a casual triple double line of 14/11/11.
TJ Leaf left the game with a badly sprained ankle in the first half.