Pacers beat 76ers 120-111 to close in on playoff spot

Thaddeus Young added 20 points, Myles Turner scored 18 and Kevin Seraphin had 17 to give the Pacers their fourth straight victory and move them within one win (or a loss by the Bulls or Heat) of earning a playoff spot for the sixth time in seven years.

Chicago remained No. 8 in the Eastern Conference, one game behind in after the Pacers beat the 76ers in Philadelphia.

Pacers: Wednesday they close out the regular season when they host the Atlanta Hawks.

The Pacers are not the only team with reason to keep an eye on whether the voting sports writers and broadcasters recognizes George: The star forward may be more likely to test free agency if he doesn't receive the extra money.

Rookie guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored a career-high 24 points for Philadelphia, which has lost six players for the season to injury. "We did that with two solid games on the road against Orlando and Philly and we've got one more at home we need to get".

The Pacers ran out to a 16-4 lead and built a 21-point lead with 1:55 to play in the first quarter. Losers of seven straight, they finish the regular season Wednesday in NY. They were still down only seven, 111-104, after Alex Poythress nailed 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions, the second with 3:36 left in the game.

Paul George led the East in scoring with 31.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in the first three games in April. MConnell. Luwawu-Cabarrot followed with a 3-pointer to cap the 11-0 flurry and cut Indiana's lead to 52-45.

George just won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, as is attempting to keep his IN team IN the playoff picture. "I think it'd be good if he did, but I wouldn't say it's a prerequisite he has to play", coach Brett Brown said. The award is for games played during the first full week of April (3-9).

As for the Pacers, Al Jefferson tweaked his ankle on Sunday and is questionable which shouldn't impact the Pacers. Guard/forward Glenn Robinson III (left calf strain) sat out his ninth straight game. That team beat Chicago in the first round and lost in seven games to Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"If we don't win on Wednesday, we don't deserve to be in", Dwyane Wade said. "Maybe I'm still a Sixer".

  • Julie Sanders