Indianapolis (USA), May 11 (EFE) .- Lithuanian power forward Domantas Sabonis contributed his ninth triple-double of the season and helped the Indiana Pacers come from behind and beat the Philadelphia 103-94 Sixers, who snapped their eight-game winning streak.
The Pacers helped clear up the confusing picture of the Eastern Conference on Tuesday, but Philadelphia’s collapse in the second half only made it more confusing at the top of the standings.
Sabonis added 16 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds and guard Caris LeVert added 24 points that helped the Pacers (33-36) secure a spot in the play-in tournament while waiting to see if they finish seventh, eighth. or ninth position, which is the one he currently occupies.
Indiana has won three of its last four after finding energy and effort that seemed lacking for weeks.
In addition to preventing the Sixers from finishing as leaders of the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2000-01.
A Philadelphia win or loss to the Milwaukee Bucks or Brooklyn Nets would have ended the race for first place.
Instead, Brooklyn is two games behind and Milwaukee three and a half, after both had two wins.
Cameroonian center Joel Embiid was left out due to an illness not related to Covid-19 and although forward Tobias Harris scored 27 points and Australian point guard Ben Simmons finished with another 13, Philadelphia scored only 32 points in the second half, 13 in the third quarter when Indiana got back into the game.
Indiana was losing almost the entirety of the first three quarters before taking a 75-72 lead late in the third.
Simmons also had eight rebounds and seven assists, while guard Seth Curry had 10 points.
The Sixers didn’t get their first sweep of the season over the Pacers since 2004-05.
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