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Saturday, December 20, 2008

76ers-Pacers: Pacers Hand Tony DiLeo First Loss With the Sixers

The Pacers only had nine players available to play, but still found a way to get the victory 95-94, handing Tony DiLeo his first loss as the head coach of the 76ers. The Pacers were without three of their starters; Troy Murphy, Danny Granger, and Marquis Daniels because they all have a viral infection. They were also without Maceo Baston due to a lower back injury. It was the second straight game they played without their stars.

T.J. Ford scored a jumper with 3.5 seconds left on the clock to give the Pacers their tenth win of the season.

The Sixers were without Elton Brand due to his shoulder injury. Andre Iguodala had a great game with 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Andre Miller had the eight triple-double of his career, scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. Samuel Dalembert contributed on both ends of the floor scoring 11 points but also getting 14 rebounds and swatting 5 shots.

Lou Williams and Marreese Speights both had another good performance off the bench. Williams has seen his minutes increase with DiLeo at the helm and scored 17 in 26 minutes. Speights has seen more time with Brand injured and scored 12 after he had a career high 17 last game.

Starting guard Willie Green injured his ankle in the first half. X-rays were negative but he did not return to the game. He finished with 2 points.

T.J. Ford led the Pacers with 25 points including the game winning two-pointer. Jarrett Jack and Travis Deiner both added 12 points off the bench. Jack also had a season high 8 assists. The Pacers missed just one free throw, shooting 94.4% from the line.

The Sixers next game is 12/23 at the Boston Celtics, the most dominant team in the NBA this year. They will play six road games in a row.

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