‣ Tyrese Haliburton made a significant three-pointer that led the Indiana Pacers to an eight-point lead against Milwaukee, securing their place in the In-Season Tournament’s championship game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
‣ Haliburton had a standout performance with 27 points and 15 assists, and the Indiana team is averaging an impressive 132.6 points per contest during the competition.
‣ The Pacers’ bench was instrumental in the victory, outscoring Milwaukee’s reserves 43-13, which head coach Rick Carlisle acknowledged as a major contributing factor to the win.
Tyrese Haliburton just snatched Damian Lillard’s chain on the national stage then mocked his signature celebration
This dude is stamped.
— dean 🦂 (@DeanScorpion_)
It was a nail-biting Thursday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. With just a minute left on the clock, Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers took a step back and launched a three-pointer. The shot landed, giving Indiana an eight-point lead against Milwaukee.
Haliburton didn’t miss the chance to celebrate. He mimicked Damian Lillard’s “Dame Time” celebration, glancing at his right wrist with a smirk. “I know what time it is,” the 23-year-old reportedly said, relishing in the game-clinching shot.
This triumphant moment meant one thing: Indiana was headed to the In-Season Tournament’s championship game. Their opponent would be the Los Angeles Lakers, set to face off on Saturday. Haliburton had been instrumental in the Pacers’ 128-119 victory, contributing 27 points and 15 assists.
A video of Haliburton’s celebration quickly made rounds on Twitter. One user wrote, “Tyrese Haliburton just snatched Damian Lillard’s chain on the national stage then mocked his signature celebration. This dude is stamped.” The tweet was accompanied by a video clip of the celebration.
The Pacers were on a roll. After the Lakers’ decisive 133-89 victory over New Orleans in the second semifinal, Haliburton was ready to keep the momentum going. He expressed his determination to “shock the world” and bring the trophy back to Indiana.
The Pacers star was confident in his team’s performance. “We’re playing the right way and we’re shocking the world right now, we’re going to continue to do that,” he said. “And as long as we play the right way, we know we’re going to be in every basketball game.”
The Pacers’ success wasn’t just due to Haliburton. Teammate Myles Turner added 26 points, Obi Toppin scored 14, Isaiah Jackson had 11, and Bruce Brown hit 10. The team’s bench also played a crucial role in the victory. Bennedict Mathurin and T.J. McConnell came off the bench to inspire a 16-7 run when the Pacers were trailing by two.
Haliburton praised his team’s depth. “We truly have one of the best benches in the NBA, if not the best bench in the NBA,” he said. “We’re a really deep team with a lot of different guys who can contribute.”
Indiana coach Rick Carlisle echoed Haliburton’s sentiments. He recognized the importance of his team’s bench contribution to the win, especially when compared to the poor performance of Milwaukee’s reserves. The Pacers’ backups outscored Milwaukee’s reserves 43-13, making a significant difference in the game’s outcome.
After their quarterfinal triumph against the New York Knicks, Milwaukee struggled offensively. They were only 12-of-33 from range and 43-of-96 from the field. Bucks coach Adrian Griffin acknowledged the team’s shortcomings. “We’ve got to close it out in the fourth quarter, which is something we’ve done very well, we just couldn’t pull it off tonight,” he said. Despite the loss, Griffin remained optimistic, believing the experience would be beneficial for the team.