Tyrese Haliburton's brilliant fourth quarter helps surprising Pacers beat Clippers for fifth win in six games

Another video game, another win for the red hot Indiana Pacers, who continue to reveal that they have no desire to tank for Victor Wembanyama. In a New Year’s Eve matinee on Saturday, they lasted longer than the Los Angeles Clippers, 131-130, to get their 3rd successive win and 5th in their previous 6 video games. 

Paul George gathered a season-high 45 points for the Clippers, and Kawhi Leonard included 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 helps in a strong well-rounded efficiency, however those 2 were insufficient versus a healthy Pacers group that had 7 gamers score a minimum of 9 points and shot 52.3 percent from the field. 

Myles Turner blazed a trail for the Pacers in the scoring department with 34 points, however the primary story from this video game was Tyrese Haliburton’s spectacular 4th quarter. The third-year guard had another fantastic video game, ending up with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 10 helps, no turnovers and 4 takes on 8-of-13 from the field. Eighteen of those points was available in the 4th quarter as he stepped up to battle George and struck what ended up being the game-sealing totally free toss. 

After routing by 14 points in the very first half, the Clippers battled their method back into the video game thanks to George and Leonard, who took turns scoring from all over the flooring. When they lastly took the lead in the 4th quarter, traditional knowledge recommended they would retreat down the stretch and reveal why they was among the preseason title competitors in the Western Conference.

Haliburton had other concepts. One specific stretch in the last minutes, when he went shot-for-shot with George and scored 12 successive points for the Pacers, was a display for Haliburton’s offending presents. During that run he had an off-the-dribble 3-pointer, a driving layup, a turn-around leaner in the lane and a handful of totally free tosses. The Clippers had no response for his speed and capability to enter the teeth of the defense. 

“Tyrese’s fourth quarter was monster,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle stated. “Eighteen in the fourth, made just about every play you can imagine. Really just breathtaking stuff to watch.” 

While Haliburton has actually been amazing all season, and is a prominent prospect for Most Improved Player, the previous couple of weeks have actually truly been something. During this 5-1 stretch — that includes wins over the Celtics, Cavaliers and Clippers — he’s installing 27.3 points, 7.8 helps and 1.8 takes per video game, while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and half from 3-point land. In addition to his clutch 4th quarter in this video game, he had a career-high 43 points and the game-winning 3-pointer versus the Heat on Dec. 23. 

“He’s a basketball savant type guy,” Carlisle stated. “People like him, people like [Luka] Doncic, people like Reggie Miller, they sense when their time is coming. He’s resourceful and he finds ways to help our team get the ball in the basket. Sometimes it’s not him. Sometimes he makes the play that leads to the bucket or the pass that leads to the pass, but his will to win is spectacular for a young player. … It’s amazing to watch him continue to grow, grow, grow every single game.”

With Haliburton blazing a trail, the Pacers are now 20-17 and simply 3 wins shy of striking the over for their preseason win overall forecast of 22.5. They likewise sit alone in 6th location in the Eastern Conference, which as things stand would provide an ensured playoff area for the very first time considering that 2020. Not a bad method to head into 2023. 

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