Fantastic scoring on other-worldly efficiency
In most instances, 155 points speak for themselves. However, scoring is one thing, but getting those points on the efficiency the Pacers got them on is another.
Against San Antonio, Indiana shot a stunning 57.9% from the field and a knockdown 52.6% from beyond the arc. Indiana’s free throw woes also seemed to go away, as they shot a beautiful 22/23 from the line and only missed one during garbage time.
With these many points on this level of efficiency, it’s pretty safe to assume that Indiana had some heroes on the night, and that assumption would be right. Six Pacers finished the night with double-figure points, the same amount as the first win against Cleveland and one shy of the opening night obliteration of Washington.
Of these six players, five scored over 15 points, with Tyrese Haliburton’s 23 points leading the charge. However, what stood out the most among these totals was the 19 points on 6/11 shooting provided by Obi Toppin.
Recently, I gave Toppin a “C” as his grade for the season so far, with the main reason being that I had not seen a true breakout performance from him yet that would warrant a higher grade. It’s pretty safe to say that that performance has arrived, as Toppin was fantastic on the night.
He made shots, going 6/6 from the line, got two steals, and even finished with a highlight dunk – a beautiful one-handed tomahawk off a steal to get Indiana fans hyped up as the lead extended.
Haliburton was fantastic as usual, hitting three three-pointers on the night, with Buddy Hield adding five more to contribute to his 19 points. Bennedict Mathurin even broke out of his cold spell, as although he only had 10 points, he shot 4/8 from the field, much better than his recent percentages, and made some big plays down the stretch to shatter any hopes of a Spurs comeback.
All in all, this might have been the best offensive performance in Indiana Pacers history, with 155 points on other-worldly 58/52/96 shooting splits being just about the best game you can have when it comes to putting the ball in the basket, something the Pacers are more than familiar with this season.