Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons Dominant as 76ers Beat Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 07:  Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 7, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Indiana Pacers, 100-94, on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Joel Embiid (20 points and 10 rebounds) and Ben Simmons (16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists) led the way for the Sixers.

Victor Oladipo had 36 points for the Pacers in the losing effort.

Sixers Finally Prove They Can Compete With East Contenders

While it’s too early to panic about Philadelphia’s 6-5 start to the season, a few concerning trends had emerged.

For starters, the 76ers had been 0-5 on the road this season. They also began the night 0-3 against the teams currently ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings.

Both of those trends came to an end on Wednesday.

Entering the night, Philadelphia had lost its road games against the Boston Celtics, the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks by an average of 16.7 points. It was clear from tipoff that Wednesday would be a different story.

The Sixers jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the opening minutes, and they continued to compete as the Pacers narrowed the gap. While it didn’t come easy, they got a confidence-booster against a fellow contender.

As long as the Sixers stay healthy, they should be able to shake off their sluggish start and make it to the postseason for the second consecutive year. However, just making it to the playoffs is no longer the goal. 

To make a deep run, the Sixers will have to figure out how to beat the Celtics, the Raptors and the Pacers no matter where the games are played. Boston knocked out Philadelphia in the second round a season ago in five games, going 3-0 at the TD Garden.

Philadelphia has defended its home court (6-0) early on this season, albeit against lesser competition. The Sixers’ championship aspirations will come down to beating good teams on the road, and they took a big step forward in that regard Wednesday.

 

What’s Next

Both teams will be back in action on Friday night, with Philadelphia (7-5) hosting the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana (7-5) hitting the road for a game against the Miami Heat.

     

This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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November 7, 2018 at 07:35PM

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