Pacers top 76ers, win 6th in a row
Indiana fifth team this season to reach 40 wins
Danny Granger scored 24 points and hit six 3-pointers as visiting Indiana won its sixth straight game with a 102-97 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Roy Hibbert added 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Pacers improved to 10-1 in April and became the fifth team to reach 40 wins.
Andre Iguodala scored 23 points for Philadelphia, which lost its third straight game. The 76ers are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Granger has made 11 3-pointers over the past two games and hit back-to-back long-range shots as part of a 10-1 fourth-quarter run that elevated Indiana into the lead to stay.
Philadelphia led 76-75 after an 11-footer by Lou Williams with 9:47 to play before the surge in which Granger hit two 3-pointers in 43 seconds to make it 85-77 with 6:48 to go.
The 76ers cut their deficit to 90-87 on Iguodala’s hoop with 2:30 remaining but Hibbert scored on a three-point play and George connected on a 3-pointer to make it a nine-point game with 1:37 left.
Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and Williams added 18 for the 76ers, who lost their fourth consecutive home game.
David West tallied 13 points and George Hill had 12 points and seven assists.