3 Reasons behind Indiana Pacers wild In-Season Tournament win vs. Boston Celtics

The Indiana Pacers took down the first-place Boston Celtics on Monday night in the In-Season Tournament, so let's take a look at how they did it.

Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Tyrese Haliburton
Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics, Tyrese Haliburton / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Offensive firepower on the right night

Everyone knows the Pacers can score. Everyone knows the Pacers will most likely score. However, doubts have been cast about their scoring since the Orlando Magic game a few weeks back.

In that game, the Magic, the league's best defense at the time, held the Pacers to a shell of what they usually are and smothered them on defense en route to victory.

Before the Boston matchup, there were talks that the same would repeat itself, with the Celtics currently having the second-best defense in the league, holding opposing teams to just 108 points and holding the Pacers to a season-low 104 points the last time they matched up.

However, the Celtics had not accounted for Tyrese Haliburton, apparantly, as his addition gave Indiana a much-needed scoring and distributing boost.

While Haliburton was fantastic at putting the ball in the basket on the night, scoring 26 points, he would not be at it alone. Once again, the scoring load was shared in Indiana, as seven Pacers landed in double figures on Monday.

Alongside Haliburton, Buddy Hield scored in the 20s, dropping 21 on the night. Myles Turner and Bennedict Mathurin assisted as well, scoring 17 and 16, respectively, and Obi Toppin, Aaron Nesmith, and Bruce Brown also scored in double-figures, scoring 12, 14, and 13, respectively.

Indiana has characterized themselves this season by their uptempo offense and ability to score at will, and Monday was no difference. They have proved that they can do it against any defense, and they proved that against the Celtics.