All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton recorded the primary triple-double of his profession and accomplished a tiebreaking four-point play with 1:33 left because the shocking Indiana Pacers ousted the Boston Celtics from the NBA In-Season Event with a 122-112 quarterfinal victory Monday evening.
Haliburton completed with 26 factors, 16 within the second half, to go along with 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Myles Turner added 17 factors and 10 rebounds, and 7 Pacers completed in double figures as Indiana remained unbeaten within the event after ending group play with a 4-0 mark.
The Pacers will face Milwaukee or New York in Thursday’s semifinals at Las Vegas.
The Celtics had been led by Jayson Tatum‘s 32 factors and 12 rebounds, whereas Jaylen Brown had 30 factors and 9 rebounds. All-Star Kristaps Porzingis missed his fourth straight recreation with a strained left calf as Boston’s three-game profitable streak ended due to a late 9-0 run, which started with Haliburton’ basket.
Indiana modified the sport within the third quarter, charging again from a 56-48 halftime deficit to tie the rating at 71 earlier than pulling out to an 85-74 lead. Boston lastly tied the rating at 94 on Brown’s 3-pointer with 6:07 to go and there have been six extra ties earlier than Haliburton drew a foul on his 27-foot rainbow jumper.
Pacers crowd was electrical
For the Pacers, this was a brand new expertise. From the towel-waving crowd chanting “De-fense!” to the heavy media presence, single-elimination stakes and festive environment, this was as near playoff basketball as lots of the gamers on Indiana’s younger roster had ever skilled.
Even Haliburton and 3-point specialist Buddy Hield haven’t but performed a postseason recreation. On the courtroom, it was totally different, too.
On this season’s first matchup on Nov. 1, Boston blew out Indiana 155-104 – the second-most factors scored by the Celtics in franchise historical past.
Celtics: Host the loser of the New York-Milwaukee quarterfinal Friday.
Pacers: Play in Thursday’s event semifinal at Las Vegas towards the New York-Milwaukee winner Tuesday.