2 Studs, 1 dud from Indiana Pacers second-straight win over Milwaukee Bucks

The Indiana Pacers took down the Milwaukee Bucks for the second straight game on Wednesday night, so let's take a look at two studs and one dud from the contest.

Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Obi Toppin
Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Tyrese Haliburton, Bruce Brown, Obi Toppin / Andy Lyons/GettyImages
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Stud - Tyrese Haliburton

Whenever the Indiana Pacers pick up a win, especially a win over a great team, expect Tyrese Haliburton to be the one leading the charge. That’s exactly what happened against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Last season, Haliburton burst onto the scene as an elite point guard, but this year, he’s taken the leap from All-Star point guard to All-NBA level point guard.

Against the Bucks on Wednesday night, Haliburton was the best player on the Pacers and perhaps the best player on the court (although Giannis Antetokounmpo may have something to say about that).

Haliburton finished the game with 31 points, two rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, and three blocks while shooting 10-of-20 from the floor and 5-of-11 from behind the three-point line.

And more importantly, Haliburton stepped up for the Pacers when it mattered most, absolutely taking over the fourth quarter against one of the best teams in the league.

In the fourth quarter, Haliburton put up 15 points and one assist while shooting 5-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc.

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If the Pacers want to make a real run in the playoffs, Haliburton is going to have to be at the head of the snake, and he showed that he’s capable of that on Wednesday night (as he has been doing all season).