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Indiana Pacers: First Knockout Spot Sealed with 157-152 Win Over Hawks

Haliburton and Hield Shine in High-Scoring Showdown, Securing Pacers' Dominance in In-Season Tournament

Pacers vs. Hawks: The Indiana Pacers defeated the Atlanta Hawks in a thrilling NBA matchup, 157-152, to become the league’s first club to reach the knockout stage of the league’s revolutionary in-season competition. Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield delivered outstanding performances in the game, propelling the Pacers to a comeback victory.


  1. Tyrese Haliburton’s Explosive Performance: Tyrese Haliburton, who has been vocal about the tournament’s impact on early-season games, showed off his skills in the third quarter, scoring 22 of his 37 points. His 16 assists were critical to the Pacers’ triumph.
  2. Buddy Hield’s clutch contributions: Buddy Hield led the Pacers to victory in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 24 points. His three-pointers in clutch situations were decisive, winning him acclaim from colleagues and fans alike.
  3. Obi Toppin and Bennedict Mathurin Provide Solid Support: Obi Toppin scored 21 points off the bench, while Bennedict Mathurin added 19, demonstrating the Pacers’ depth and adaptability.
  4. Despite the loss: Trae Young’s 38-point effort for the Hawks, who had a 20-point lead in the second quarter, showed the game’s competitive intensity.

Upcoming Games: The Pacers improve to 3-0 in tournament action and take top place in Group A of the East. The team’s outstanding performance sets the stage for the following elimination stages, which are slated for December 4-5 in Las Vegas, with semi-final games on December 7 and a championship match on December 9.

Other notable matches:

  • With a win over the Utah Jazz, the Los Angeles Lakers will secure a position in the knockout rounds and home-court advantage in the quarter-finals.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers won in overtime against the Philadelphia 76ers, keeping their prospects of moving through the wild card berth alive.

The NBA’s new in-season competition continues to produce intense and interesting games, with clubs competing for a berth in the knockout stage. The Pacers’ outstanding performance against the Hawks sets a high standard for the next games, giving basketball fans more exciting action in the days ahead.

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E-paper:  Divya Sandesh

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