Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Saturday, November 5th
Game 2: Sunday, March 5th
Game 3: Sunday, March 26th

Pacers 94

(30-26, 12-17 away)

76ers 93

(30-29, 19-12 home)

1:00 PM ET, March 5, 2006

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

1 2 3 4 T
IND 20 25 32 1794
PHI 18 28 25 2293

Top Performers

Ind: A. Johnson 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Phi: A. Iverson 33 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

Pacers top Sixers in final seconds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Stephen Jackson atoned for a bunch of misses with one clutch play.

Jackson's layup with 2.9 seconds left lifted the Indiana Pacers to a 94-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

Allen Iverson had 33 points and nine assists, but couldn't lead the Sixers to their third straight victory.

Anthony Johnson had 18 points and Jackson scored 15 for Indiana, which has won three of four.

Down by one point, the Pacers got possession after a shot-clock violation on Philadelphia with 4.9 seconds left. Sarunas Jasikevicius threw an inbound pass to Jackson, who went around a stumbling Kyle Korver to make an uncontested shot.

"I was 0-for-infinity," Jackson said. "I just wanted to make a shot. We knew they'd switch. I went backdoor and got to the basket. My teammates showed confidence in me to give me the ball. It seemed like I hadn't made a shot all game."

Jackson missed 15 of his first 19 shots before the easy layup. Chris Webber then missed a jumper at the buzzer after an inbound pass from Iverson.

"For that to happen with 4.9 seconds left, it's devastating," Iverson said.

Korver was a surprise presence on the floor at that end, considering he lost his starting job because of his poor defense.

"We didn't make the correct switch," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said without singling out which player made the defensive mistake. "Whoever didn't make the switch didn't do it on purpose. This isn't about placing blame, it's about figuring out how to do it right at the end."

Iverson has scored 120 points and dished out 31 assists in three games since he was snubbed for the U.S. national team. He reached 40 points and 10 assists in consecutive games for the first time in his 10-year career, but fell short of doing it again.

After a turnover by Peja Stojakovic, Iverson sank a fadeaway jumper to give the Sixers a 91-90 lead with 2:26 left. John Salmons forced Fred Jones to commit another turnover, but Iverson's jumper was short and the Pacers reclaimed the lead on Johnson's turnaround shot.

Webber made two free throws with 50.3 seconds left to put Philadelphia ahead 93-92. Jackson then missed a long jumper from the corner and Korver grabbed the rebound, but the Sixers couldn't get another shot and gave it back to Indiana.

"That was my fault," Iverson said. "They played good defense and I made a bad play."

The Pacers (30-26) stayed ahead of Philadelphia (30-29) in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

"It was a great win for us," Johnson said. "That's the type of game that had been going against us this year."

Iverson had 12 of Philadelphia's first 14 points in the third quarter, but the Sixers couldn't pull away. Jones had a reverse dunk off an alley-oop pass from Stojakovic to give Indiana a 69-66 lead late in the third. Jones and Jasikevicius then hit 3-pointers to extend the margin to 77-71 going into the fourth quarter.

Neither team led by more than five points in the first half. Webber had a reverse slam and Iverson made consecutive jumpers late in the second quarter before Webber added another dunk to give Philadelphia a 46-45 lead at halftime.

Game notes

Steven Hunter made his sixth straight start at center for the Sixers, with Samuel Dalembert coming off the bench for the third game in a row after missing three with an ankle injury. Dalembert made all three of his shots -- all dunks. ... Forward Jermaine O'Neal (groin), guard Jamaal Tinsley (elbow) and forward Austin Croshere (concussion) remained sidelined for the depleted Pacers. ... The teams have split two of their three meetings. In 1½ seasons, the Sixers are 26-18 when Iverson and Webber score at least a combined 50 points . ... Indiana's Danny Granger fouled out with under a minute left. ... Stojakovic spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 94 93
FGM-FGA 38-80 (.475) 34-74 (.459)
3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 5-11 (.455)
FTM-FTA 12-16 (.750) 20-30 (.667)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-39 8-35
Assists 24 19
Turnovers 18 13
Steals 9 11
Blocks 4 2
Fast Break Points 6 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 14 (2/0)
Largest Lead 8 2

Top Performers

Anthony Johnson Johnson
Points: 18
Reb: 3
Ast: 4
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Allen Iverson Iverson
Points: 33
Reb: 2
Ast: 9
Stl: 3
Blk: 0