For starters, how about that Pacers' bench?

The league-leading bench is leading the way for the Pacers as they head into the second round.
Milwaukee Bucks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six
Milwaukee Bucks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six / Dylan Buell/GettyImages

Just like that, the Indiana Pacers advanced to the next round of the Eastern Conference playoffs by winning Game 6 on Thursday at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. Gainbridge Fieldhouse was enamored and elated by the result of the contest.

The Pacers scored 120 points in the close-out victory despite mediocre performances from their starters. During the regular season, Indiana owned the league's highest-scoring second unit, and they delivered last night.

The leading scorer for the Pacers was not one of the first five on the court, nor was their second-leading scorer. Reserves Obi Toppin and TJ McConnell shined bright for head coach Rick Carlisle and his squad.

The pair of bench players were a major part of the 50 points from the Pacers' bench. Milwaukee's bench only put up 10, themself.

TJ McConnell had 20 points and was one assist shy of a double-double (9). McConnell also only missed two of his nine field goal attempts and made both shots he took behind the arc.

Ben Sheppard connected on a corner three-point shot that put Indiana up 20 points in the fourth quarter. He also contributed four rebounds while playing just nineteen minutes in the contest.

Toppin has 21 points and eight rebounds. He connected on three of his ten attempts behind the arc, helping stretch out the weakened Milwaukee defense.

The Pacers will now face Toppin's former team, the New York Knicks on Monday night for Game 1 at Madison Square Garden. History exists between these two squads in the postseason. Especially in the second round, 1994.


While the Pacers handled an injury-plagued Bucks team, they will have to contain Jalen Brunson who torched the 76ers in their opening-round series. The starters should do just fine for Indiana, but they can't back on 20-point performances from multiple bench players to bail them out on a regular basis.