– Indiana and Atlanta produced one of the most exciting games of the season, scoring a total of 309 points and marking only the 7th time in which both squads drop at least 150 points each.
– Tyrese Haliburton confirmed his MVP mode with 37 points and 16 assists, leading the Pacers to victory.
– Coach Carlisle believes that the In-Season Tournament serves as a perfect opportunity to practice for a playoff environment.
309 points between the Pacers and Hawks.
They went over the highest total in 32 years 😮 @ESPNBet
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Tuesday’s match between Indiana and Atlanta was one for the books, with a total of 309 points scored throughout the night. This game marked only the 7th time in which both squads dropped at least 150 points each, making it the highest-scoring match of the campaign. Tyrese Haliburton led the Pacers with 37 points and 16 assists, showing that his MVP mode is no coincidence. The game was clinched with a tie-breaking shot from beyond the arc by Buddy Hield in the final minute, resulting in a 157-152 victory for Indiana.
This win secured Indiana’s spot in the NBA In-Season Tournament quarterfinals, with Haliburton expressing his excitement for making it to the next round. “It is exciting,” Haliburton said. “We are the first team to clinch and we are ready to go. We have a few more games before the quarterfinals, so we want to take care of what is in front of us first, but we want to win the championship, of course. It would be awesome.”
With this result, Indiana is now 3-0 in East Group A with only one match left before the quarterfinals on December 4 and 5. On the other hand, Atlanta dropped to 1-2. Coach Rick Carlisle was particularly impressed by Haliburton, praising him as a fearless leader and great competitor. He sees the In-Season Tournament as a perfect opportunity for the team to prepare for a playoff environment.
Carlisle believes that the knock-out contests in the tournament serve as great experience before entering the playoffs. “This is a classic regular-season game,” Carlisle claimed. “It had to be really fun to watch for fans. This essentially is a playoff environment. Atlanta was playing for a lot, too. The in-season tournament is getting a lot of buzz. … This is a real thing. Hats off to the people in New York for coming up with something that, at least to this point, is strong.”