Positive: Clutch play seals game
If you're wondering how the Pacers pulled it off in the end, that question can be answered with two names: Myles Turner and Tyrese Haliburton.
While Indiana led for most of the game headed into the fourth quarter, Tyrese Maxey and the Sixers took charge for a bit, even taking the lead off a stepback Maxey three-pointer and getting that lead to as high as three when Maxey took advantage of a wide open paint and soared in for a dunk.
However, this would be the last time the Sixers would have the momentum, as Indiana went on a 28-19 run in the final 7:30 to eventually win the game.
As mentioned before, the heroes of the fourth quarter were none other than Turner and Haliburton. Let's start with Myles.
Prior to the fourth, Turner was struggling mightily against Embiid and the Philadelphia defense as he has been known to in recent years. In the first three quarters, Turner only played 7:45 due to foul trouble and only had two points on 1/4 shooting as well as already accumulating four fouls. At the time, it seemed like Turner learned nothing from his second half on Sunday and fully shied away from the challenge that is Joel Embiid.
The fourth quarter was when everything changed, however. In the fourth, to everyone's surprise, Turner exploded for 15 points on 4/7 shooting, including a layup to give the Pacers a lead with six minutes left that they would not relinquish.
Turner was also fantastic on the defensive end, surprisingly becoming more aggressive, despite getting five fouls and drawing a key offensive foul on Joel Embiid with five minutes left to put the momentum firmly in Indiana's hands.
This had to have been a great feeling for Turner, who has often been lambasted for his sometimes-poor play against Embiid. These past two games have been a different story, however, as Turner figured out how to play against Embiid in the second half of the Sunday game and used that knowledge to get Indy a much-needed victory in the Tuesday rematch, feeding off the negativity of the Philadelphia fans to motivate himself to victory.
And then there was Tyrese Haliburton.
It feels like Haliburton has been the reason why the Pacers have won every close game, and he came through tonight, scoring seven points and dishing out six huge assists down the stretch to help Indy win.
Haliburton was fantastic overall on the night, putting up 33 points and dishing out 15 assists with no turnovers, giving him 32 assists in the past two games without a single turnover, a feat that only he can put his name next to as he continues to make history.
With this win, the Pacers have to feel good about themselves, as they are now 7-4 and now have four days of rest to look forward to as they prepare for Sunday's matchup against Orlando. This win was another fantastic showing by Indiana, as they learned from their mistakes on Sunday, and bounced back to beat the same team they lost to.