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Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid power Philadelphia 76ers to impressive win over Indiana Pacers

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The Philadelphia 76ers make it three wins in a row after a convincing 120-96 win on the road against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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Jimmy Butler led the way with 27 points, eight assists, five rebounds and three steals, while Joel Embiid added 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Against a Pacers team which boasts the third-best defence in the NBA, the Sixers got into their offensive groove, whipping the ball around the court with ease as they racked up 38 assists on 46 made field goals, getting plenty of open looks as they shot 52.9% from the field and 52.9% from the three-point line, knocking down 18 triples on the night. JJ Redick did the bulk of the damage from deep, converting 6-of-9 of his three-point attempts on his way to 20 points.

Ben Simmons struggled early in this one, attempting just two shots in the first half, before picking it up in the second to finish with 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Philly held an eight-point lead at the half, before outscoring the Pacers 66-48 in the final 24 minutes to win their 11th road game of the season. While Simmons struggled offensively, he made his impact felt on the other side of the floor, guarding Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo, holding him to just 15 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

Countryman Jonah Bolden continues to impress of the bench, with another strong performance, using his length and athleticism to bother the Pacers on defence. He finished with six points and six rebounds, knocking down 2-of-3 triples 13 minutes off the bench.

For the Pacers, Thaddeus Young scored 27 points and six rebounds, while Myles Turner added eight points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

The Sixers now enter a tough stretch of games, with the Rockets, Thunder, Nuggets (twice), Spurs, Lakers (twice), Kings, Raptors and Celtics up next on the schedule.

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