PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After missing seven games due to a concussion, Indiana Pacers (5-4) star center Myles Turner was back on the floor on Friday night. It did not prove to be enough to top the Philadelphia 76ers (5-4), though.
Turner scored 11 points and posted nine rebounds off of the bench, but the 76ers prevailed with a 121-110 win at Wells Fargo Center. Philly closed the game on an 11-0 run. Sharpshooting veteran JJ Redick was a thorn in Indiana’s side with 31 points, hitting eight of the 12 three-points shots he attempted.
The Sixers were ahead by as many as nine points in Friday’s first half, but it was Indiana who owned the halftime lead. Thaddeus Young, Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis all scored in double-figures to help the Pacers erase an early deficit and head into the break with a 63-56 advantage.
In his first game action since October 18’s season opener, Turner scored nine points on 4-for-10 shooting in ten minutes played. He also pulled down six rebounds and blocked three shots.
It wasn’t all pretty for Indy in the first half, however. Rookie forward T.J. Leaf, who has averaged six points a game off of the bench to start this season, suffered a left ankle sprain. The 20-year-old did not return to the game after being helped off of the court.
The second half of this ballgame belonged to the 76ers.
Philly started the third period fast, using a 13-4 run to take the lead back under three minutes into the quarter. The Sixers’ third quarter surge continued, as the home team grabbed a nine-point cushion, but the Pacers were able to trim their deficit down to three by quarter’s end.
It was a close fourth period, with Victor Oladipo leading the charge for Indy. Oladipo finished with 31 points, 23 of which came in the second half, including a big three-pointer with 4:40 remaining to give Indiana a 108-105 lead. The 76ers took over from there, though. Philadelphia ended the game on a 16-2 run, using four threes to put this one on ice. Redick accounted for three of those big shots from downtown.
The 76ers’ three-point shooting in crunch time really hurt the Pacers, but it was a problem all night long. Philadelphia shot 50% from beyond the arc, knocking down 18 of the 36 shots they put up. Indy shot 28.6% from three-point range (8-for-28).
Indiana will close our their three-game road trip with their only trip to Madison Square Garden of the season on Sunday night. Tipoff against the Knicks is slated for 7:30 p.m. from New York City.