The Indiana Pacers were routed 107-86 by the Philadelphia Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Conseco Fieldhouse Monday, edging closer to draw within 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
The Pacers were forced to play without their shooting star, Reggie Miller who was facing a one-game suspension for retaliating against 76ers' Matt Greiger in Game 4 and the 76ers took this to their advantage by winning their second straight victory in the series.
With at least one more game to play, the 76ers have a chance to become the first club in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.
Allen Iverson scored 37 points, Aaron McKie added 13 points and Tyrone Hill contributed 12 as the Pacers forgot how to play defense, falling behind 15-0 after four minutes and 10 seconds and trailing by at least 10 points for the final 38 minutes.
The two teams will battle once again in Game 6 at Philadelphia Friday and if a seventh and deciding game is necessary would be back in Indianapolis Sunday - (Several Sources)
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