2 Studs, 1 dud from Tyrese Haliburton, Pacers' bounce-back win over 76ers

The Indiana Pacers bounced back against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, and while Tyrese Haliburton led the way, let's take a look at two studs and one dud.

Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Haliburton, Obi Toppin, Bennedict Mathurin, Buddy Hield
Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Haliburton, Obi Toppin, Bennedict Mathurin, Buddy Hield / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages
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Stud - Obi Toppin

Obi Toppin had a solid game in the Indiana Pacers’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, but in this one, he kicked things up a notch, helping Tyrese Haliburton lead the charge.

The Pacers play at one of the fastest paces in the league, and with Toppin’s skillset, that’s perfect. Against the 76ers, he showed off exactly why that’s the case.

With how fast the Pacers play, Toppin’s crazy athleticism and rim-running abilities were put on full display on Tuesday night, and he tore the 76ers to shreds.

Toppin finished the game against Philly with 27 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one block while shooting an impressive 12-of-15 from the field and 1-of-3 from deep, meaning he shot 11-of-12 on two-point shots.

Whether it was an alley-oop from Haliburton or a sweet give-and-go with Jalen Smith on a drive, Toppin was getting to the hoop at will, dominating the 76ers’ defense.

These are the games when fans are reminded why the Pacers traded for Toppin in the first place. His ability to cut on a dime and get up for monster dunks makes their offense that much scarier.

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Having him as a vertical lob threat next to Haliburton might be one of the most deadly offensive combinations in the league, especially when they’re both dominating like they were on Tuesday night.