The Sixers fought until the end but dropped their final home game of the season, 120-111, to the Pacers.

The Sixers got down by 21 points in the first quarter. They made an 8-0 run in the second to close the gap and trail by 10 at halftime. The Sixers tested the Pacers throughout the second half, keeping within striking distance as the Pacers fought with their postseason aspirations in sight.

Things got chippy between Gerald Henderson and Paul George in the fourth. They were issued double technicals after Henderson pulled George to the ground on a Pacers' possession. Later in the quarter, Henderson threw an elbow toward George's face as Henderson was driving to the basket. Henderson was called for a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected. George was issued a technical, his second, and also was ejected (see video).

The Pacers held on to improve to 41-40. The Sixers fell to 28-53.

Inside the box score
* George scored a game-high 27 points. He was 11 of 20 from the field and also added five assists.

* Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored a career-high 24 points. It was his most efficient shooting performance, going 8 of 12, including 4 of 5 from three.

* Former Sixer Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds.


* Richaun Holmes scored 17 points.

Saric continues under limitation
The Sixers followed a 24-minute guideline for Dario Saric as he pushes toward the end of the season dealing with plantar fasciitis. 

"It has impacted his game dramatically," Brett Brown said. "He is so frustrated. He is so frustrated. You can see him looking at a clock."

Allen remembers the playoffs
It has been five years since the Sixers reached the postseason. Lavoy Allen, now on the Pacers, looked back on the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals run against the Celtics that ended in a Game 7 elimination.

"We should've won Game 1," Allen said of the Sixers' 92-91 loss. "We had them coming back in the fourth. That's what I can think of. Then (Rajon) Rondo hitting two big threes in Game 7."

A night of honors
T.J. McConnell was honored with the Professional Basketball Writers Association's Charles Barkley Award, given to one player from each team for their cooperation with the media. … Lara Price, Sixers executive vice president of business operations, was recognized for 20 years with the organization and the league with a citation penned by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

Up next
The Sixers will wrap up the 2016-17 season on Wednesday against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.