Pacers, Sixers clinch playoff berths as Oladipo, Collison shine

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For the first time since 2012, the Philadelphia 76ers are going dancing, to the NBA Playoffs that is.

Should they slip, the Pacers will be happy to take over the No. 4 seed.

Although the Pacers had lost three of the four previous games, IN rebounded to beat the visiting Los Angeles Clippers 109-104 on Friday night.

The Indiana Pacers clinched an Eastern Conference spot Sunday evening in an overtime thriller against the Miami Heat 113-107.

In overtime, it was all IN thanks to Turner overcoming a tough game assisting on two straight buckets followed with a block which led to an Oladipo three, putting a dagger IN the game at 106-100.

The game was not exactly a breeze after the first quarter where Miami connected on seemingly every shot they took, opposite of IN who struggled mightily shooting the ball. Tyler Johnson had 12 points in the first quarter alone.

The fourth quarter was not pretty for IN as the allowed Miami to get back IN the game eventually taking the lead. Darren Collison connected on a three and an isolation jumper to close it. They have also already increased their win total 14 games from last season (28). Johnson forced overtime with a free throw with 8.3 seconds left in regulation.

IN did an incredible job in the final three quarters looking for easy buckets, which is a vast reason Thaddeus Young had a solid game.

Both teams committed 17 turnovers in the game, but in had theirs at the worst possible time.

After scoring just six points in the first half, Thaddeus Young scored 12 for the Pacers in the third quarter. It nearly cost the Pacers. According to Basketball Reference, Simmons is on pace to join Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson as the only rookies in league history to average at least 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game.

On the final play, Oladipo lost his footing and had to force up a tough shot, sending the game to overtime where IN used a series of impressive plays from Turner and Collison to seal the #PacersWin. Following a Wade basket, Collison hit a 19-footer to give the Pacers a 111-104 lead which they maintained.

Miami opened up the night locked in on offense, making five of their first eight shots from the field and jumping ahead 13-6, triggering an early timeout from Pacers head coach Nate McMillan.

The lead, however, almost disappeared as quickly as it came when the fourth quarter began as the Heat charged right back into the game to get within three points in the opening two minutes. That is what IN has done plenty this season, hence why they have earned a spot IN the postseason.

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