In a jaw-dropping display of skill, Tyrese Haliburton took command with 37 points and 16 assists, guiding the Indiana Pacers (8-5) to a thrilling 157-152 victory over the Atlanta Hawks (6-7) and securing a spot in the NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals.
The game, marked as the highest-scoring in the current NBA season, saw Buddy Hield’s decisive 3-pointer breaking the tie in the final minute, sealing the Pacers’ victory and extending their unbeaten run in East Group A to 3-0.
With a remarkable 24 points from Hield and 21 from bench player Obi Toppin, the Pacers set an NBA season high for points, showcasing their offensive prowess.
Trae Young led the Hawks with an impressive 38 points and eight assists, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the relentless Pacers.
The victory propels the Pacers, who haven’t reached the NBA playoffs since the 2019-20 season, into a prime position to make a significant impact in the inaugural year of the in-season tournament.
A high-scoring affair was expected, with both teams ranking in the top five for points per game and the bottom five for points allowed per game.
Despite a 20-point deficit in the second quarter, the Pacers mounted an impressive comeback, tying the game at 107 in the third quarter with a crucial 3-pointer from Haliburton.