Pacers offense makes history without Tyrese Haliburton in win over Heat, as unprecedented scoring continues

Nobody would have blamed the Indiana Pacers if they came out flat on Saturday night.

They were without the services of their MVP-candidate point guard, Tyrese Haliburton, as he nursed an upper respiratory infection. They have Sunday off, as does every team in the league, ahead of their In-Season Tournament quarterfinal matchup on Monday against the Boston Celtics. On top of that, they were on the road facing the Miami Heat, the league’s 10th-ranked defense, which makes things difficult for every opponent that comes through South Beach. If anything, the Pacers’ top-ranked offense definitely wouldn’t be able to put on the show it normally does.

Apparently, absolutely nothing can stop the Indiana Pacers from putting a boatload of points on the board.

The Pacers looked as potent as ever, even without their best player, as they cruised to a 144-129 win over the Heat on Saturday in front of a stunned Kaseya Center crowd. Indiana shot 65.9% from the field (not a typo) and 50% from 3-point range (also not a typo), as six players reached double-digit scoring, with four eclipsing the 20-point mark. They shot 77% (!) as a team after the first quarter, while Indiana’s bench went 79% (26-for-33) from the field for the game, the second-best mark in NBA history with at least 30 attempts.

The 65.9% field goal shooting percentage was the highest mark ever allowed by the Heat franchise, and the 144 points tied for the second-most ever surrendered by Miami.

Please remember they did all of this without Haliburton. He’s averaging 27 points and 12 assists per game on 52/45/88 shooting splits, and just scored a career-high 44 points against the Heat on Thursday. Prior to Saturday’s game, the Pacers had averaged “just” 116 points per 100 possessions with Haliburton on the bench, compared to a ridiculous 127 with him on the floor. But it obviously wasn’t an issue against Miami on Saturday.

Andrew Nembhard started in place of Haliburton, but he struggled as a scorer, notching just four points on 1-for-9 shooting, though he did dish out 11 assists. The true…


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Author : Colin Ward-Henninger

Publish date : 2023-12-03 05:10:45

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