Sixers fall to Indiana Pacers, marking sixth straight road loss

Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Basketball

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 76ers' approach for a game day on the road was different.

Following Sunday's businesslike practice in Dallas, coach Brett Brown scrapped the team's scheduled Monday morning shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.

Instead, he said they had a good team breakfast and good team film study session hours before facing the Indiana Pacers.

"Sometimes you want to bust up the monotony of like a maniacal routine," Brown said. "We haven't had success on the road. Like we've had split personalities for whatever reason.

"I felt most importantly we did what we needed to do the day before."

The routine change had couldn't help snap the Sixers' road skid.


Their 101-95 setback marked their sixth consecutive loss away from the Wells Fargo Center. They dropped to 25-16 overall and 7-14 on the road. They also trail 1-2 in the season series with the Pacers (25-15). The fourth and final game of the season series is March 14 at the Wells Fargo Center, where the Sixers are 18-2.

The two teams also switched places in the Eastern Conference standings. The Pacers moved up to fifth place while the Sixers dropped to sixth.

Ben Simmons led the Sixers with 24 points to go with 14 rebounds, three assists and 1 steal. Josh Richardson added 23 points on the same day he was named Eastern Conference player of the week. The shooting guard scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.

While he picked things up late, Simmons cooled off after intermission. He had 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting along with 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in the first half as the Sixers built a 49-40 advantage. This marked the second time in his career with at least 20 points at the half. Simmons had 26 points at intermission on Dec. 7 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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