Pacers fall at Philly in final seconds

David West scores a season-high 28 points, but he misses final shot as Pacers lose one-point heartbreaker on the road.

David West hit his share of clutch shots, but was unable to make the last one in the Indiana Pacers’ 93-92 road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center.

The Pacers (15-24) turned to West, who scored a game- and season-high 28 points, in the final two minutes of a dramatic conclusion. He scored twice to give the visitors a one-point lead. Center Roy Hibbert also scored as the lead kept changing hands.

But the 76ers (7-29) had the final basket as Michael Carter-Williams scored on a finger-roll layup with 9.9 seconds remaining. West got the ball for the final shot, backed his defender in and then pulled back for a 15-footer that fell short.

The loss was obviously disappointing for the Pacers, who had won four of six before facing a team with one of the NBA’s worst records.

Tony Wroten led the 76ers with 20 points off the bench. Rodney Covington scored 15 and Carter-Williams 15.

Indiana lost despite a 12-point advantage at the free-throw line. But the Pacers could have made more of their foul shots. They hit 30-of-42 to the 76ers’ 18-of-25.

West sank 10-of-18 field-goal attempts as well as 8-of-10 foul shots to go with nine rebounds.

Rodney Stuckey scored 13, Solomon Hill 12 and C.J. Watson 10 for the Pacers, who again were without injured point guard George Hill (left groin).

Pacers reserve forward C.J. Miles was lost late in the first quarter when he suffered a left eye injury. Miles has been the Paces’ best bench scorer this season, but had only one 3-pointer in this game.

The 76ers had a 46-22 advantage in bench scoring.

The Pacers return home to Bankers Life Fieldhouse next week to host the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-30) on Tuesday and the Detroit Pistons (12-24) on Friday before hitting the road again for Saturday visit to Charlotte (14-24).

Phillip B. Wilson can be found on Twitter (@pwilson24), Facebook and Google+.


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