Tyrese Haliburton scored 37 factors, Buddy Hield hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer within the remaining minute and the Indiana Pacers beat the Atlanta Hawks 157-152 on Tuesday night time to clinch a spot within the NBA In-Season Event quarterfinals.
Hield‘s jumper from the left wing broke a 152-all tie with 52 seconds left. Dejounte Murray was referred to as for an offensive foul on a 3-point try on the Hawks‘ subsequent possession, then missed a troublesome layup following an Indiana turnover with eight seconds remaining. Hield made a layup on the buzzer.
The Pacers are 3-0 in East Group A with one sport left in group play. The Hawks dropped to 1-2. The quarterfinals shall be held Dec. 4-5.
Haliburton, who leads the NBA in assists, had 16 towards the Hawks. Hield had 24 factors and Obi Toppin scored 21 off the bench. Bennedict Mathurin added 19 factors, together with a buzzer-beating shot to shut the third quarter.
Trae Younger led the Hawks with 38 factors and eight assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic had 26 factors on 10-for-15 capturing. Murray scored 28.
Protection a mere suggestion
The groups entered the sport each ranked within the high 5 in factors per sport and the underside 5 in factors allowed per sport, establishing for a high-scoring affair. The primary half didn’t disappoint, because the Hawks set a franchise file with 86 factors and led 86-73 on the break.
Atlanta led by 20 within the second quarter however the Pacers got here all the way in which again and tied it at 107 when Haliburton hit a 3 with slightly below 4 minutes remaining within the third. Haliburton scored 26 factors within the interval, and Indiana led 119-114 getting into the fourth.
The Pacers shook up their beginning lineup, inserting Hield and Aaron Nesmith rather than Toppin and Mathurin.
Pacers: Face the Raptors at residence Wednesday.
Hawks: Host the Nets on Wednesday.