Grade the Game: 2 Duds, 1 stud from Indiana Pacers' embarrassing loss to Miami Heat

The Indiana Pacers blew a huge lead to the Miami Heat, leading to an embarrassing loss, so here are two duds and one stud from the game.

Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Buddy Hield, Tyrese Haliburton, Jaime Jaquez Jr. / Megan Briggs/GettyImages
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Stud - Tyrese Haliburton

At this point, Tyrese Haliburton may as well have a permanent residence on the stud list. This guy is absolutely incredible, and it seems like every night, he manages to one-up himself.

It was a career night for the All-Star point guard, as he put up a career-high 44 points against the Heat to go along with two rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and one block while shooting 15-of-28 from the field and 6-of-16 from long-range.

Unfortunately, his three-point stroke escaped him in the fourth quarter, as while he has 11 points and three assists on 4-of-9 shooting, all five of his misses were behind the arc, as he went 0-for-5.

That said, it was still a great night for Haliburton, and he definitely didn’t deserve to lose this game. As the season goes on, it’s becoming more and more clear that the Pacers need to get him some help.

Whether that help is in the form of a secondary star or simply someone who can help patch up the holes on the defensive end, Haliburton cannot do it all by himself anymore.

He’s too good for the Pacers to be losing in the fashion they lost to the Heat, and the good vibes from the beginning of the season are slowly fading.

GRADE: A-