Sixers outlast Pacers
Now that Elton Brand is out for the season, Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala are ready to take charge of Philadelphia's playoff push.
Securing a victory with defensive stops down the stretch instead of enduring a massive fourth-quarter meltdown is a nice first step.
Samuel Dalembert had 18 points and 20 rebounds, and Miller and Iguodala also had double-doubles to lead the 76ers to a 99-94 win over the Indiana Pacers last night in Philadelphia.
The team learned hours before the game that Brand - their five-year, $80 million power forward - will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Monday.
"We have to rally around each other and go out there and pick up our play on both ends of the floor," said guard Willie Green, who had 23 points.
More games like this one will help. All five starters reached double digits in scoring by the fourth quarter and Philadelphia held off the pesky Pacers to avoid a third straight fourth-quarter collapse.
Miller had 13 points and 12 assists, while Iguodala had 20 points and 11 assists to help the Sixers snap a two-game losing streak.
"We can make it work, we just have to make it work," Iguodala said. "It's as simple as that."
Jazz 115, Mavericks 87 - Deron Williams shook off a deep thigh bruise and scored 34 points and handed out 12 assists to lead host Utah to a rout of Dallas.
Josh Howard led Dallas with 18 points as the Mavericks' four-game winning streak came to an end.