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76ers put end to road struggles with 100-94 win at Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers finally found a solution to their road woes Wednesday night.

Start fast and finish strong.

Joel Embiid scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Ben Simmons flirted with a triple double, leading the 76ers past Indiana 100-94 for their first non-home court victory this season.

''I'm excited that we got our first road win this year,'' coach Brent Brown said. ''We were pleased to get a win, especially after a performance we wanted to forget (at Brooklyn).''

The splits coming into the game were astonishing.

Despite going 6-0 at home, the 76ers were 0-5 on the road, losing by an average of 15.2 points. And they had lost eight straight at Indiana, dating to a victory on April 17, 2013.

So just three nights after an inexplicable 25-point loss at Brooklyn, Embiid, Simmons and their teammates felt right at home in one of coach Brent Brown's favorite NBA arenas.

Embiid collected his league-high 11th double-double on what he called an off night. Simmons had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Dario Saric scored a season-high 18 points by going 4 for 6 on 3-pointers.

And they did it by simply sticking to the plan.

They quickly jumped to a 19-9 lead, weathered Indiana's rally, then regained control by closing the third quarter on a 6-1 flurry and opened the fourth with a decisive 16-7 run. When it ended on Simmons' breakaway layup with 6:04 to play, Philadelphia led 94-77.

''We were just overthinking things,'' Simmons said. ''We were putting too much pressure on ourselves. We finally put it together.''

The victory spoiled Victor Oladipo's best night of the season.

He scored 24 points in the first half on 10 of 16 shooting and finished with a season-high 36 points. He also had seven assists, six rebounds and three blocks.

But Oladipo and Domnatas Sabonis, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, needed more help from their supporting cast to avoid losing their second straight home game. And when they didn't get it, the 76ers took advantage.

''We just didn't hit shots tonight, honestly,'' Oladipo said. ''I think we just need to loosen up a little bit and go back to playing free basketball.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Had lost their last two to the Pacers. ... Robert Covington had 13 points, Landry Shamet had 12 and J.J. Redick scored 10. ... Redick has scored in double figures in 21 consecutive games since March 26. ... Philadelphia made 18 of 22 free throws but had only four offensive rebounds. ... Saric also had seven rebounds while Embiid had three blocks.

Pacers: Have lost consecutive home games for the first time this season. ... Indiana is 5-2 against the Eastern Conference and 3-1 against Atlantic Division opponents. ... Oladipo extended his career-best streak of consecutive 20-point games to 11. ... Sabonis has scored 1,002 points since joining the Pacers last season. ... Indiana was 12 of 17 from the free-throw line and 8 of 31 on 3-pointers. ... the only other player in double figures was Bojan Bogdanovic with 13.

THEY SAID IT

76ers: ''I was bad today,'' Embiid said, noting he had five turnovers. ''I thought the whole game was bad. I wasn't myself but my teammates picked it up for me. That was a good sight to see.''

Pacers: ''We're playing good enough defense, keeping teams at or under 100,'' forward Thaddeus Young said. ''But in this league today, if you only score 98 or 94 points, it's going to be hard to win games. We're seeing it's very, very tough for us to win the game only scoring in the 90s.''

UP NEXT

76ers: Will attempt to keep their perfect home record intact Friday against Charlotte.

Pacers: Hope to win their second straight at Miami on Friday after ending a six-game losing streak there last season.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
V. Oladipo
4 SG
33.6 Min. Per Game 33.6
23.0 Pts. Per Game 23.0
4.1 Ast. Per Game 4.1
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
48.5 Field Goal % 47.0
48.2 Three Point % 45.9
80.9 Free Throw % 69.8
+ 3 Cory Joseph made 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
+ 2 Robert Covington made dunk, assist by Ben Simmons 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Ben Simmons 0:26
  Victor Oladipo missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
  Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis 0:36
  Dario Saric missed driving layup 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Dario Saric 0:53
  Victor Oladipo missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:56
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:56
  Shooting foul on Joel Embiid 0:56
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 1:01
Team Stats
Points 100 94
Field Goals 36-79 (45.6%) 37-94 (39.4%)
3-Pointers 10-32 (31.3%) 8-31 (25.8%)
Free Throws 18-22 (81.8%) 12-17 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 52 57
Offensive 4 8
Defensive 38 34
Team 10 15
Assists 24 19
Steals 8 9
Blocks 8 6
Turnovers 16 10
Fouls 18 21
Technicals 1 0
16 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST
36 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo 76ers 7-5 29212822100
home team logo Pacers 7-5 2327212394
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 7-5 112.7 PPG 49.2 RPG 26.1 APG
home team logo Pacers 7-5 105.7 PPG 40.3 RPG 22.2 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 28.2 PPG 13.4 RPG 3.5 APG 48.4 FG%
V. Oladipo SG 23.8 PPG 7.1 RPG 4.9 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 20 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
V. Oladipo SG 36 PTS 6 REB 7 AST
45.6 FG% 39.4
31.3 3PT FG% 25.8
81.8 FT% 70.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 36 20 10 2 1 3 5 2 7/16 1/5 5/6 1 9 33 +7
D. Saric 35 18 7 2 0 0 1 0 6/13 4/6 2/2 0 7 28 -1
B. Simmons 34 16 10 8 0 2 1 3 7/12 0/0 2/4 0 10 43 0
R. Covington 35 13 4 1 2 2 1 3 5/9 2/6 1/1 0 4 22 +18
M. Fultz 25 7 2 4 4 0 1 3 3/7 0/0 1/2 0 2 20 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 36 20 10 2 1 3 5 2 7/16 1/5 5/6 1 9 33 +7
D. Saric 35 18 7 2 0 0 1 0 6/13 4/6 2/2 0 7 28 -1
B. Simmons 34 16 10 8 0 2 1 3 7/12 0/0 2/4 0 10 43 0
R. Covington 35 13 4 1 2 2 1 3 5/9 2/6 1/1 0 4 22 +18
M. Fultz 25 7 2 4 4 0 1 3 3/7 0/0 1/2 0 2 20 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Shamet 22 12 1 1 1 1 1 3 4/8 3/6 1/1 0 1 16 -11
J. Redick 28 10 1 6 0 0 3 1 2/9 0/7 6/6 1 0 20 +9
W. Chandler 15 2 5 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 3 6 -8
A. Johnson 5 2 2 0 0 0 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 2 +2
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Muscala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolden - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. McConnell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 100 42 24 8 8 16 18 36/79 10/32 18/22 4 38 190 +30
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 36 36 6 7 2 3 1 1 14/30 4/14 4/6 0 6 60 -7
B. Bogdanovic 36 13 5 1 1 0 0 3 4/11 3/6 2/2 0 5 21 -6
M. Turner 30 7 4 0 1 2 0 4 2/8 0/0 3/4 1 3 14 -5
T. Young 21 6 5 0 2 0 4 3 3/8 0/3 0/0 3 2 9 -16
D. Collison 18 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 36 36 6 7 2 3 1 1 14/30 4/14 4/6 0 6 60 -7
B. Bogdanovic 36 13 5 1 1 0 0 3 4/11 3/6 2/2 0 5 21 -6
M. Turner 30 7 4 0 1 2 0 4 2/8 0/0 3/4 1 3 14 -5
T. Young 21 6 5 0 2 0 4 3 3/8 0/3 0/0 3 2 9 -16
D. Collison 18 0 1 1 1 0 1 2 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Sabonis 31 16 11 3 0 1 1 2 7/14 0/1 2/2 3 8 33 +8
C. Joseph 31 9 4 4 2 0 1 3 4/6 1/3 0/0 0 4 22 +12
T. Evans 21 7 3 2 0 0 2 1 3/10 0/2 1/2 0 3 12 +1
K. O'Quinn 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 -1
D. McDermott 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/1 1 1 2 +1
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Holiday - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 94 42 19 9 6 10 21 37/94 8/31 12/17 8 34 179 -30