Indiana keeps rolling, beats stumbling Sixers

Danny Granger scored 24 points and the Pacers downed the freefalling 76ers, 102-97, on Tuesday.

The Pacers, winners of six straight, have already clinched a playoff berth and are seeded third in the Eastern Conference -- 3 1/2 games ahead of the Celtics, Hawks and Magic.

Roy Hibbert added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win, while David West had 13 points and George Hill finished with 12.

The 76ers, meanwhile, have lost three in a row and are 11-21 since starting the season 20-9. They sit in eighth place in the East -- a half-game behind the Knicks, who are in action against the Celtics, and 1 1/2 games ahead of ninth-place Milwaukee.

Boston can clinch the Atlantic Division title with a win on Tuesday.

Andre Iguodala had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the setback. Thaddeus Young added 19 points and Lou Williams chipped in 18.

After trailing for much of the first half, Philadelphia, playing in its final home game, took a 53-49 lead early in the third quarter courtesy of an 11-0 run which featured five points from Iguodala.

But Indiana tied the game at 70 on Leandro Barbosa's transition layup at the end of the third and surged ahead in the fourth, going up 85-77 midway through the quarter on consecutive threes from Granger.

In the final minute, the 76ers cut their deficit to three, 98-95, when Young capped an 8-2 run with a corner three, but the Pacers made enough free throws the rest of the way to secure the win.

Game Notes

Indiana will close out the regular season with four games at home (Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago)...Philadelphia closes out the regular season with five straight road games (Cleveland, Indiana, New Jersey, Milwaukee and Detroit).