The Pacers, in control at “money time,” knock off the Hornets at the end of the stretch.
Sixth win in seven games Pacers, is determined to stay in the Top 6 of the Eastern Conference. On their own floor, Rick Carlisle’s men did indeed have a bit of success late in the match. Hornets brave, even dominant for most of the match, but very short in the heat of the moment.
In summary, after a fairly lopsided at times but overall highly contested game (the Pacers trailed by 14 points in the second quarter), it all came together in the final minute, with the Pacers stringing together defensive stops and crucial free throws to stifle their offense. opponents taking a break.
Especially as a Myles Turner As decisive as possible, he chained a 2+1 in a matter of seconds to tie the score, and then a big counter Miles Plumlee to make the break and secure the win.
All in all, those big passes from the Pacers pivot came at the end of a big fourth quarter from the locals, who scored 43 points to topple the Hornets, thus securing their 23rd success of the season. . Given the general physiognomy of the match to “catch” tunes, it must be accepted.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– The Pacers finished as badly as they started. The Pacers’ first quarter was actually quite uncomfortable: they scored just 15 points on 30% shooting (including 0/10 from behind the arc). The next two quarters were devoted to closing the gap, which then grew to 14 points in the second quarter. Then, the final quarter finally saw the opposite of what Tyrese Haliburton’s teammates did in the first quarter: miss baskets. Building 43 points on 52% shooting during that final act was crucial in setting up their win, especially going 9/9 at the free throw line to end the game.
– Myles Turner, size pattern. The “veteran” pivot of the Pacers, the author of 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks, had the most complete game of the season. At least the most “valuable” for his team. It was he who tied the score at 107-107 with a minute left in the “money time”, before that, a few seconds later, after the Pacers took an early 3-pointer, he duly responded to the opponent. dunk mounted Miles Plumlee tried to cut the gap to one. In addition to providing a defensive watchtower on the other side of the court, Myles Turner was clearly the man of the match, dominating the racket and scoring 18 of his 29 points from the free throw line (8/10). his team.
TOPS & FLOPS
✅⛔️ LaMelo Ball – Terry Rozier pair. Mixed feelings about the performance of two friends of the Hornets “backcourt”. The report is interesting (13 points and 8 assists for the first, 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the second), but the visual impression left a different feeling. A duo that is a little behind, where everything is slow. We especially think of Terry Rozier’s 7 turnovers (!) or LaMelo Ball’s 6 fouls, which cut him off and, above all, deprived him of the last two minutes of the match. they made a difference.
✅ Tyrese Haliburton – Andrew Nembhard pair. The Pacers’ “backcourt” was very prominent and, by its very nature, accelerated the offense. With 16 points and 13 assists (and 3 steals) with one turnover, the forward always manages the pace with such precision and fairness, and his reliability on the shots at the end of the chain. The Canadian rookie has been a solid starter since early December, missing just one of his five attempts from behind the arc while adding 4 assists and 4 steals.
⛔️ Benedict Mathurin. Despite spending 26 minutes on the floor, the Pacers rookie wasn’t very useful in this matchup, at least offensively. Because while he collected 5 rebounds and 3 assists, the Canadian, who is usually a true offensive wildcard coming off the bench this season, on the other hand scored just 4 points on 1/9 shooting.
– Pacers (23-18): Travel to New York, Tuesday through Thursday (01:30)
– Hornets (11-30): Travel to Toronto, Tuesday to Tuesday night (1:30 p.m.)