Pacers Secure Sixth Consecutive Victory with Dominant Win Over Hawks, 150-116
The Indiana Pacers, led by Tyrese Haliburton’s outstanding performance, clinched their sixth straight victory on Friday night, overpowering the Atlanta Hawks with a final score of 150-116. Haliburton’s remarkable contribution of eighteen assists, setting a new team record, played a pivotal role in the Pacers’ commanding performance.
In just over 25 minutes on the court, Haliburton, currently leading the NBA in assists with an average of 12.8 per game, not only orchestrated the offense but also added 10 points and 8 rebounds to his impressive stat line. Myles Turner led the scoring for Indiana with 27 points, supported by Bennedict Mathurin (18 points), Bruce Brown (17 points), and Aaron Nesmith (15 points).
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle expressed his satisfaction with the team’s unselfish play, stating, “The assist number is tremendous, and obviously, an NBA and ABA franchise record is really strong and speaks to the unselfishness of the team.” However, he emphasized the need for focus, acknowledging that celebrations are brief in the competitive league.
Indiana, currently the highest-scoring team in the NBA, replicated their earlier success against the Hawks, scoring 150 points for the second time this season. Carlisle praised the team’s physicality and disciplined defense, highlighting their ability to avoid fouls.
The first half saw the Pacers dominate with a 78-54 lead, shooting an impressive 71%. Dejounte Murray led the Hawks with 30 points, while Trae Young struggled, making only 4-of-18 field goals for a total of 13 points.
Haliburton and Turner showcased their strong partnership, connecting on 10 of 14 shots. Haliburton expressed confidence in their pick-and-roll duo, stating, “We have one of the league’s best pick-and-roll duos, and we can keep improving on it.”
Turner emphasized the positive energy within the team, stating, “There’s a different energy around this group,” attributing their success to the cohesive unit they have built.
On the opposing side, Hawks coach Quin Snyder acknowledged their shortcomings, stating, “There are games where you didn’t play well, and we didn’t.” He recognized the Pacers’ strong performance and emphasized the need for urgency in defense, especially against the Pacers’ transition plays.
Due to back pain, Andrew Nembhard missed his second consecutive game for the Pacers, but the team’s overall performance showcased their depth and resilience. The Pacers now turn their attention to the upcoming challenge against Boston, aiming to maintain their impressive form in the competitive basketball landscape.