Haliburton and Hield prove a genius move in Pacers win

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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The Pacers held their last game before the (much needed) All-Star Break at Gainbridge Fieldhouse against the Chicago Bulls. In a game that I’m sure many Pacers fans probably changed the channel after the Bulls pulled out to a 39-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Pacers pulled off a miraculous comeback in the second half to head into the break with a 117-113 victory, ending a losing streak and leaving Pacers fans with something positive to talk about after a rough stretch for the blue and gold.

Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the Boom Baby player of the game.

The Good

The second half tonight was fun to watch. Down by as many as 25 early in the 3rd quarter, the Pacers found a way to crawl back into the game. Sometimes, the shots just have to start falling, and boy… Did they fall! The Pacers ended with 40 points in the third quarter alone, after being held to 42 in the whole first half. Buddy Hield’s 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter gave the Pacers the extra energy to carry into the 4th quarter.

The fourth quarter was something I was worried about, though. I have to admit, I felt like it was the Pacers night when this bucket fell.

I’m sure everyone would agree that Nesmith’s circus shot to tie the game in the fourth quarter was the point where belief of winning the game finally set in for many fans. However, I have watched the Pacers get back into so many games over the years, only to relinquish the lead late in the 4th quarter. Tonight could have been that scenario, but Haliburton and Turner played the role of heroes tonight. Both of the stars of Indiana has huge buckets late, along with some free throws, to put the Bulls away and send the Pacers into the All-Star Break with a win.