Pacers overcome sluggish offensive start to get leg up on Sixers in the season series

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INDIANAPOLIS — In this position one year ago, the Indiana Pacers dropped the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Monday, they got it right though it wasn’t pretty. Domantas Sabonis returned from a one-game absence with a sore left knee. Malcolm Brogdon recovered from lower back soreness and strep throat that has had him out for all but 8 minutes since Dec. 22.

They took a 2-1 lead in the season series with a 101-95 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers (25-15) also jumped the Sixers (25-16) in the Eastern Conference standings.

Box score: Pacers 101, Sixers 95

“We just hung in there. It was obvious that our guys who came back tonight didn’t have a rhythm and that first group didn’t have a rhythm and really struggled for 3 quarters,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought this was a good win in the sense that we didn’t play well and we were able to stay with it.”

The Sixers are without Joel Embiid (left hand) and have yet to find an identity. They’ve …

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