Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton: Feels good to win game nobody expected us to win

The Indiana Pacers are going down in NBA lore. Why is that, you ask?Tyrese Haliburton

They will now forever be known as the First Team to Advance to the Final Four in the NBA In-Season Tournament. That label comes courtesy of their 122-112 home win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

As has usually been the case with the Pacers this season, it truly was a teamwide effort. But it didn’t hurt that point guard Tyrese Haliburton spent the night doing his best Magic Johnson imitation.

Haliburton finished with 26 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. That, folks, is a man who continues to take his game — and perhaps the Pacers — to another level.

“It feels good,” Haliburton told reporters, via Dustin Dopirak of the Indianapolis Star. “Good to win. Especially in a game when nobody expected us to.”

Buddy Hield added 21 points and went 4-of-6 on 3-pointers, while Myles Turner added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Also, Bennedict Mathurin and Aaron Nesmith added 16 and 14, respectively, off the bench. 

Jayson Tatum (32 points) and Jaylen Brown (30) were fantastic for the Celtics — but they just didn’t receive enough consistent help. Indiana may have had something to do with that.

“Very proud of our team,” coach Rick Carlisle said, via Tony East of “The third quarter really resurrected where we were… when the building starts rocking… that’s when special things can happen.”

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