James Harden is a tough player to defend against.
To impede Joel Embiid's progress is a difficult task.
Both of these are must-haves when facing the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Indiana Pacers failed to do either on Monday night.
The Pacers headed into their season opener in Philadelphia looking to build off of their Saturday win.
Buddy Hield and Jalen Smith got things going for them, and by the end of the first quarter.
The 76ers countered well, though, as their reserves ended up dominating Indiana's second string.