PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 130 DEFEATED INDIANA PACERS 114 MARCH 1, 2021
March 2, 2021
The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Indiana Pacers, 130-114, on Monday night at The Center, improving to 23-12 on the season. The 76ers’ 15-3 home record remains the best in the East and is second in the NBA to Utah (15-2).
The 76ers’ bench produced a season-high 67 points tonight, led by SHAKE MILTON (26) and FURKAN KORKMAZ (19), who combined for 45 of the 67. Philadelphia improved to 3-0 this season when its bench scored at least 50 points.
Philadelphia outshot Indiana .568 to .484. The 76ers improved to 4-0 this season when shooting at least 55-percent from the field and have now won 12 straight when doing so, dating back to March 6, 2018 (Stathead).
The team also made 15 of its 35 three-point attempts, good for a .429 mark from beyond the arc. Philadelphia is now 7-0 this season when making at least 15 three-pointers (Stathead).
Milton scored 15 of his 26 in the first half alone, as he shot 6-10 from the field over the game’s first 24 minutes. It was the fourth time this season he’s scored 15-plus in a first half, and the team is 4-0 in those contests (NBA.com/stats).
His 19 games in double figures off the bench are the most on the team and tied for the ninth-most in the NBA. He also has three 20-point games as a reserve this season. The only 76ers with more such performances in a single season since 2015 are Korkmaz (five last season), MARCO BELINELLI (four in 2017-18) and DARIO ŠARIĆ (four in 2016-17), per Stathead.
Milton’s average of 13.5 points per game off the bench is eighth in the NBA among players who have played at least 10 games as a reserve this season (NBA.com/stats).
Korkmaz made six of his career-high 13 three-point attempts en route to his 19 points. It was the fourth time in his career he’s made at least six threes, finishing one shy of his career-high seven, which he set on Feb. 7, 2020 vs. Memphis. Philadelphia is 4-0 all-time when Korkmaz makes at least six threes.
It was his fifth double-figure scoring game off the bench this season, third-most on the team behind only Milton’s 18 and TYRESE MAXEY’s six (Stathead).
JOEL EMBIID tallied 24 points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes. He’s now one of 11 NBA players with at least 20 double-doubles this season and tied with Miami’s BAM ADEBAYO and Washington’s RUSSELL WESTBROOK for the ninth-most in the NBA (NBA.com/stats).
It was his 17th 20-10 game this season. The only players with more such performances than Embiid are fellow All-Stars GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, NIKOLA JOKIĆ and NIKOLA VUČEVIĆ (Stathead). Embiid, Jokić and Antetokounmpo are the only NBA players averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds per game (NBA.com/stats).
MIKE SCOTT made his fourth start of the season and posted his third double-figure game of the season with 11 points (4-4 FG, 3-3 3FG). He also added a career-high four steals, the most he’s had in any of his 520 career NBA games (Basketball-Reference).
Shooting 7-11 from the field and 4-4 from the free-throw line, BEN SIMMONS added 18 points in 28 minutes. He’s 11th in the NBA in field-goal percentage at .573 (NBA.com/stats).
Indiana’s MALCOM BROGDON led the team in scoring with 20 points. Brogdon’s entered play tonight averaging a career-high 21.4 points per game this season. All-Star DOMANTAS SABONIS put up 15 points to go with his team highs of nine rebounds and seven assists. EDMOND SUMNER also recorded a season-high 18 points for Indiana.
NEXT UP: The 76ers will host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET. Philadelphia is 0-1 against the Jazz this season, having lost to Utah on the road on Feb. 15, 134-123. This will be the second time the 76ers match up against the Jazz this season, and the first at The Center. The Jazz sit at 27-8 first in the Western Conference, and leading the NBA, most recently [alling to the New Orleans Pelicans tonight, 129-124. The game can be seen on NBC Sports Philadelphia and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.