Sixers’ second unit surges in victory over Pacers
The Sixers would be back in action on Monday night looking to bounce back from their overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday night. Next up on their homestand would be Damantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers.
After leading by just one point after the first quarter, the Sixers would heat up from deep and run away with this game. They would extend their lead to as much as 31 en route to picking up a 130-114 victory.
Three-point shooting has been a key issue for the Sixers' offense in recent weeks, but would be a key factor in this win over Indiana. They would shoot 42.9% as a team, hitting 15 of their 35 attempts.
With Tobias Harris not in the lineup for the second straight game, the Sixers would need to find offense from somewhere. The second unit would take it upon themselves to carry the load after a poor showing in the loss to Cleveland on Saturday. As a whole, the Sixers' bench would outscore the Pacers' second unit 67-47.
Shake Milton would get back to looking like a potential sixth man of the year candidate against the Pacers on Monday. He would be the Sixers' leading scorer, racking up 26 points off the bench.
Furkan Korkmaz would also lead the charge in the scoring barrage off the bench in this win. He would be the team's third-leading scorer with 19 points and would shoot an impressive 6-13 from beyond the arc.
Mike Scott would get the start in Harris' place tonight and put on an impressive showing. He would score 11 points, hit all three of his attempts from beyond the arc, and grab four of the team's 10 steals.
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons would get off their feet early in this matchup, but would still turn in solid nights at the office. Simmons continues to remain aggressive on offense, scoring 18 points on extremely efficient 7-11 shooting. Despite facing a larger frontcourt pairing of Sabonis and Myles Turner, Embiid would still go on to score 24 points and come down with 13 rebounds.
This was a much-needed bounce-back win from the Sixers. After dropping a game they should have won on Saturday, coming out and taking care of Indiana is exactly what they needed to do to get things back on track.
Looking ahead, the Sixers will be back in action at home again on Wednesday night. They will host Donovan Mitchell and the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz in their final game before the All-Star break.