Paul George takes charge late as Pacers outlast win-starved Sixers in OT
Paul George scored seven points in overtime to lead Indiana over Philadelphia. AP

PAUL George forced overtime then took over for the Pacers in the extra period to outlast a win-starved Sixers side, 122-115, on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time) at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

After Gerald Henderson’s triple gave Philadelphia a two-point lead with six seconds left, George knocked down a baseline jumper on the next play before Jahlil Okafor missed at the buzzer to head into overtime.

Dario Saric hit a basket to open the extra period before George scored seven in a 10-2 blitz to give the Pacers a comfortable lead with 37 seconds remaining. Jeff Teague then knocked down three of four free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

Teague had a big game for Indiana with 30 points and nine assists, while George had 28. Al Jefferson chipped in 18 markers off the bench and Myles Turner added 15 as the Pacers remained undefeated at home in four games and now have a 4-4 record.

Robert Covington led the Sixers, now at 0-7, with 23 points and Hollis Thompson had 19 off the bench. Jahlil Okafor started for Joel Embiid, who was not injured but was benched by the team, and finished with 15 points, while Saric had a double-double with 14 markers and 12 boards.

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