After trailing by 22 at the half, the Pacers made a late charge to pull within seven points of the Philadelphia 76ers, but in the end lost the regular season finale, 105-95 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Wednesday night.
Indiana head coach Frank Vogel rested four of his starters – George Hill, Paul George, David West, and Roy Hibbert – to give them some time off before the playoffs begin this weekend.
The Pacers were led in scoring by Gerald Green, who finished with a game-high and career-high 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting from the field. Lance Stephenson finished with 12 points and six assists in 25 minutes. Tyler Hansbrough added 10 points while grabbing nine rebounds for Indiana.
Dorell Wright led Philadelphia with 23 points, Evan Turner chipped-in 16, and Damien Wilkins added 15 for the Sixers.
Playing without four starters, the Pacers were out of sorts on both ends of the court during the first half against the 76ers. Philadelphia began with an 11-point run and never looked back en route to a 59-37 halftime lead.
Lance Stephenson was the lone regular starter to take the court for Indiana at tipoff tonight. The four other starters – George Hill, Paul George, David West, and Roy Hibbert – were on the bench resting for the playoffs, which begin this weekend. Head coach Frank Vogel decided that since his team had already sewn up the No. 3 seed in the East tonight would be a good opportunity to rest his top performers as well as get a good look at the bench players getting extended action for the first time in months.
What Vogel saw from his reserves during the first half wasn’t too encouraging. The Pacers shot 41 percent from the floor, just 1-10 from the 3-point line, and a paltry 6-for-14 from the free-throw line. Gerald Green led Indiana with seven points while regular starter Lance Stephenson added six.
Evan Turner topped the scoring column for Philadelphia with nine points. Thaddeus Young also had a strong half with eight points and seven boards.
The Pacers finished the regular season with a 30-11 home record.