Why Indiana Pacers’ star shows all-time-great potential in Rockets win

Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

The Pacers welcomed in the Houston Rockets on Thursday night and overall? It wasn’t the prettiest game for the Pacers. They were playing arguable the worst team in the league and let them hang around all night even going to overtime with them (and they were without arguably their best player). However, there were some promising signs, primarily Tyrese Haliburton putting the team on his back in overtime to secure the win.

So what were some of the great moment? Well for one, in overtime Haliburton took-off points-wise and put up 12 of his 29 points in the overtime period alone.

One thing we have seen this season is that Haliburton is a pass-first point guard that can put up some crazy numbers in a game. And he did just that on Thursday night. He put up 29 points and 19 assists, something that nobody has done this season in the NBA.

And he is on a historic pace in the last couple of games since the All-Star break. He is scoring points and assisting at a rapid pace, showing that he is quickly becoming the superstar many in the media thought he already was when they voted for him as a starter in the all-star game.

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Haliburton is showing flashes of becoming one of the best point guards to ever grace a basketball court.

Of course he certainly isn’t there. Titans of the NBA stand before him such as Steve Nash, John Stockton, and Chris Paul. But he is showing flashes that by the time all is said and done, he could certainly be listed alongside of greatest point guards to ever play the game.

And on a cold March evening in the midst of a losing season, we saw a glimpse of the greatness of Tyrese Haliburton, and it was awe-inspiring.