Following a disappointing loss to the Charlotte Hornets, a game in which Tyrese Haliburton starred, the Indiana Pacers were determined not to make it two losses in a row, especially after a loss of that nature.
It’s pretty safe to say they achieved that goal, as they came out against Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs with a purpose, jumping out to a 16-point first-quarter lead and never looking back.
The Pacers even skipped out on the usual third-quarter slump as they extended the lead all the way through the game, finishing the night with a 41-point win and a final score of 152-111, tying a team record for most points in a game.
It was clear that the Pacers’ goal going into the Spurs game was to stop star rookie Victor Wembanyama, which they did with the help of one player soon to be talked about.
With the help of some impressive defense, uncharacteristic of the Pacers at this point in the season, Wembanyama was held to a meager 13 points on 3/12 from the field.
With a win like this, it’s clear that there were plenty of standout performances, and they were. Six Pacers finished the game in double figures, and three finished with over 15 points.
However, I will not be looking at Tyrese Haliburton’s team-leading 23 points, as I would much rather look at the more surprising and standout performances on the night, including a player who didn’t score in double figures but made a huge impact on the game regardless.
So, without further ado, let’s get into these three players I would like to put a spotlight on.