INDIANAPOLIS — Dahntay Jones scored 25 points, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 107-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Brandon Rush had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Troy Murphy added 19 points for the Pacers (21-43), who won for just the second time in nine games. Indiana played without leading scorer Danny Granger, suspended one game by the NBA for his part in an altercation in Phoenix on Saturday.
Jrue Holiday scored 21 points and Samuel Dalembert added 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the 76ers (23-40). Philadelphia has dropped six of eight since Allen Iverson left the team for personal reasons.
The 76ers, who trailed by 12 in the third quarter, cut the deficit to 94-88 on Dalembert's jumper with 4 minutes left in the game. Indiana answered with T.J. Ford's layup and Rush's 3-pointer to regain a double-digit lead.
The first half included eight lead changes and seven ties, and neither team led by more than eight points. The 76ers took their biggest advantage, 40-32, on Rodney Carney's 3-pointer early in the second quarter, but Indiana fought back to take a 54-52 lead into the break.
Despite shooting 31 percent from the field in the third quarter, the Pacers extended their lead to 74-62 on Jones' layup. Philadelphia shot 35 percent in the period and missed all five of its 3-point attempts.
Granger, who averages 23.1 points, was penalized for fighting with Phoenix's Channing Frye. Pacers guard Earl Watson and center Roy Hibbert were fined by the league for their roles in the incident.
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