There’s been no slowing down the Pacers. That’s especially true lately.
They have won three of four and have scored more than 120 points in four straight. So it’s no surprise that Indiana is the NBA’s highest-scoring team in the early season.
And it’s more than just All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton who can get it done when it comes to filling up the bucket. Anyone from center Myles Turner to second-year guard Bennedict Mathurin to veteran shooter Buddy Hield can score quickly and in bunches. In Wednesday’s win over the Jazz, it was small forward Aaron Nesmith, who went for 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting off the bench.
Coach Rick Carlisle is directing it all, fresh off a contract extension last month.
“The offense we play, how fast we play, it can be anybody on any given night,” Nesmith told reporters.
Overall, the Pacers (5-3) had six players reach double figures in scoring, with Haliburton tallying all 16 in the second half. He also passed for 13 assists. Turner and Mathurin each scored 22 and Indiana pounded Utah underneath with 74 points in the paint.
“Pretty much like I said, teammates just found me in the right spot,” Nesmith said. “And it’s the offense we play all the time. I just took advantage.”
Of course, now things are about to get real — as the Pacers next visit the surging 76ers for back-to-back games on Sunday and Tuesday.