The Pacers shot a blistering 67.4% in the first half on their way to scoring 70 points by halftime. “They shot 57% from the field, 67 I think at halftime, and we fooled them off a little bit. They played harder. They beat us in transition, I think they had 18 transition points in the first half, we cut it in the second half to make the game manageable, but when you’re on the road, and you get down 20 and you dig yourself a hole, it’s hard coming back, it is. Give them credit. They were better prepared. They were the better team tonight.”
To Rivers’ point, the Sixers held the Pacers to 46.2% from the floor in the second half, but it just was not able to make up for the poor play initially.
“In the first half, we gave them too much momentum where they upped the lead,” said Tobias Harris who had 32 points and 11 rebounds. “Not following the game plan, not following the scout, and then just competitive nature. We had some moments in the first half where our competitive nature slipped and that’s one thing we can never let slip. It starts with myself as well. There were some plays I could’ve made.”
It goes to show the Sixers that they need to bring it from the jump and it can’t just come at halftime or anything like that.