Saturday, February 21, 2015
C.J. Miles posted 17 points and Luis Scola added 16 off the bench for the Pacers, who have won two straight and five of their last six.
The Sixers' apparently-ongoing rebuild continued on Thursday at the trade deadline when general manager Sam Hinkie made a bold move, sending last season's rookie of the year, Michael Carter-Williams, to Milwaukee in a three-team deal that returned a first-round pick to Philadelphia.
The Sixers also dealt rookie K.J. McDaniels to Houston for Isaiah Canaan and a draft pick, while center JaVale McGee, a protected 2015 first-round pick and the rights for Chukwudiebere Maduabum were acquired in a deal with Denver.
Luc Mbah a Moute and Jerami Grant paced the new-look Sixers with 16 points, while Nerlens Noel had a solid performance with 12 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine blocks. Mbah Moute grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Jason Richardson also made his return for the first time in two years while battling knee issues, totaling seven points and seven rebounds.
Tim Frazier, who just signed his second 10-day contract with Philadelphia and started in place of Carter-Williams, finished with 13 points and seven assists.
"You felt at times naked on the sideline," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the new point guards in the mix. "I see that we can move this group forward. It's up to me to move this group forward."
Stuckey's 3-pointer gave the Pacers a 23-16 edge at the end of the first quarter and they turned it up in the second for a double-digit lead.
Grant opened the second with a trey for the hosts, but Indiana responded with a 14-3 run. Stuckey scored the final seven points of the spurt to help the Pacers stretch their advantage to 37-22. Indiana
led 58-40 at halftime.
"I think the game really changed when our second unit got in and started picking up the defensive pressure," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.
Stuckey went on a personal 10-0 run late in the third to make it a 24-point game and help the Pacers to an 87-68 lead after three quarters.
Notes: Noel tied the Wells Fargo Center record for blocks in a game and quarter with five in the first ... McGee had two points in his team debut ... Sixers guard Jason Richardson made his first appearance since Jan. 18, 2013. He scored seven points with seven rebounds ... Stuckey left the game in the second half with an apparent ankle injury ... Indiana won its season-high fourth straight game on the road ... David West and Roy Hibbert each had eight points and seven rebounds in the win ... The Pacers, who have taken two of the three meetings in this series, will wrap it up against the Sixers in Indiana on March 1.