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Philadelphia gives Collins 105-95 win at Indiana

Wednesday - 4/17/2013, 11:28pm  ET

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, left, shoots under Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The 76ers won 105-95. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Philadelphia finally got things right on the final night of the season.

The 76ers looked like the high-scoring, solid defensive team the brass envisioned when it traded for Andrew Bynum.

On a night Jrue Holiday and Spencer Hawes played fewer than 10 minutes, Dorell Wright scored 23 points and Evan Turner added 16 to give coach Doug Collins one more win -- perhaps his last win -- as the 76ers coach, 105-95 in a meaningless season finale at Indiana.

"Whatever he wants to do, whatever makes him feel happy, you know what I'm saying," Turner said when asked if he wanted Collins back. "You go through that type of year, go through that type of situation, strenuous and all of that. It's all about what he decides to do. He has a lot of options and whatever's the best decision for him. He could always go back to commentating or, you know, his son's the head coach at Northwestern, so whatever he wants to do that makes him happy."

Collins is expected to give up his coaching job Thursday after three seasons on the bench though he referred to himself Wednesday night as the coach. Philadelphia has already scheduled morning news conferences with Collins and the managing owner.

The usually flamboyant Collins sat dispassionately in his seat for most of the game, as he has done for most of the past two weeks. When he did talk, it was mostly with a hand covering his mouth.

The game itself had little intrigue.

While Holiday, the All-Star guard, barely became Philadelphia's first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967-68 to average more than 17 points and eight assists for an entire season, the Pacers rested four starters after already being locked into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Indiana (49-32) will open the first round Sunday against sixth-seeded Atlanta, a team it went 2-2 against this season and hasn't played in the postseason since 1996.

Indiana (49-32) wasn't the only team playing it safe.

Holiday essentially took the night off, too. He finished with five points and no assists in 9 minutes, 16 seconds, giving him final numbers of 17.7 points and 8.01 assists to join Chamberlain. Spencer Hawes went to the bench with two fouls a little more than four minutes into the game, and Thaddeus Young had 10 points and eight rebounds in 21
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