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Sixers win again, edge Pacers on late bucket

Jan 11, 2015 - 5:56 AM Philadelphia, PA ( - Michael Carter-Williams drove for the go-ahead basket with 9.9 seconds left in regulation and the Philadelphia 76ers won for the second time in as many nights with a 93-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Carter-Williams finished with 15 points, the biggest two coming in crunch time when the reigning Rookie of the Year drove past three defenders and scooped in the deciding layup over the imposing Roy Hibbert.

David West missed a contested fadeaway jumper from the top of the key just before the buzzer to seal the Sixers' fifth win in their last 11 games.

They had won two of their first 25.

Tony Wroten added 20 points off the bench, and he and Carter-Williams both totaled nine assists. Robert Covington chipped in 16 points.

"We play hard regardless (of our record)," Wroten said. "For us to come away (with a win) at home feels great."

West netted a season-high 28 points with nine rebounds for the Pacers, who have alternated wins and losses over their last six.

The maligned Sixers topped the Nets in Brooklyn on Friday and showed no signs of fatigue in Saturday's seesaw battle.

"They're growing," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said of the Sixers. "They are putting in the work and they are improving."

Wroten threw an alley-oop to K.J. McDaniels off the backboard for a highlight- reel dunk, which gave the Sixers an 84-77 lead with under 7 1/2 minutes to go.

Philadelphia missed its next nine shots, however, and the Pacers took their first lead of the fourth when West pushed off Carter-Williams and scored on the second-year guard in the post to put Indiana in front 88-87.

The lead changed hands five more times in the final two minutes.

West countered Covington's acrobatic bucket over Hibbert with a 12-footer with 17.6 seconds remaining, and Carter-Williams delivered at the other end.

The Pacers led by nine early but missed their last eight shots of the first quarter. They brought a 21-19 lead into the second and were ahead 49-43 at the break despite shooting 37 percent from the floor in the half.

There were five lead changes and three ties in the third quarter, and Wroten's three-point play in the final minute gave the Sixers a 72-70 lead.

Game Notes

Pacers guard C.J. Miles suffered an injury to his left eye in the first half and did not return ... Indiana had won four straight meetings ... Hibbert totaled seven points and 13 rebounds ... The Pacers had 27 second-chance points to Philadelphia's 12.