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The Pacers defeat the Hawks by 150 points once more to win six in a row.

On Friday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the Pacers destroyed the Hawks 150-116 to win six games in a row. They also recorded their second-largest winning margin of the year and defeated the Hawks by 150 points for the second time this season.

After improving to 20-14, the Pacers and Miami Heat are now tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks finished with a 14–20 record and are now ranked 10th in the East.

Here are four things I’ve seen.

In the first half, the Pacers shoot over 70% and dish out 50 assists.

Both teams hoped to play much better defense the second time around following the Pacers’ 157-152 victory over the Hawks in their first encounter in Atlanta on November 21.

The Hawks fared far worse than the Pacers in achieving that objective.

With the ball popping as usual, the Pacers recorded incredible first-half offensive numbers. They found it surprisingly simple to locate open cutters around the rim and shooters on the perimeter, just as they did in Atlanta. Not only did they score 36 points in the paint, but they also scored 9 of 16 3-pointers and made 31 of 44 field goals, an incredible 70.5%. Seven out of nine were in the line as well. Their spectacular efficiency ratio of 1.47 points per possession was maintained despite their nine turnovers of the ball.

The scoring was nearly evenly distributed, just like it was on Wednesday night vs the Bucks. Tyrese Haliburton, an All-Star point guard, attempted just four shots and made three of them, scoring seven points and throwing out ten assists. Aaron Nesmith, a forward, finished with 12 points on 6 of 8 shots. Jalen Smith, Bruce Brown, and Myles Turner each scored eleven points, but no one else attempted more than six shots.

As Haliburton put it, “It’s cool to see.” It’s a shared ball amongst us. Our contributors are a diverse group of guys. Such is the contagious nature of playing basketball. All of them desire to participate in it. That seems enjoyable. For the males out there and those who are observing, it’s enjoyable. That truly is all that one could hope for.”

Concurrently, the Pacers shown exceptional defensive play throughout their season, limiting Atlanta to only 19 out of 50 shots, with 5 of 20 coming from beyond the arc. After the Hawks made their first two 3-pointers of the game to lead 6-0, the Pacers tightened up on them.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle remarked, “I was extremely close to pulling an interruption and I just said, ‘Let’s see if we are able to play through this and then adjust,’ and the guys did.” “We were on track to surrender 900 points or so with that 6-0 start in the initial minute, but we managed to get the wheels back on the bus. Ty did a fantastic job of keeping the ship level. Our defense became better. We were lucky to get some corpses on them. They missed a few opportunities. We succeeded in making money.”

The Pacers were up 78-54 when Brown made a runner at the buzzer, and the game was already over. They also played the end of their bench in the fourth quarter and defeated the Hawks 39-29 in the third. With a game-high 63.8% shooting percentage and 18 assists from Haliburton in just three quarters, the Pacers set a team mark with 50 assists. Nine players had at least two assists, while all 14 players who saw the court had at least one assist.

” That is the epitome of what fun basketball is,” Turner said. The group as a whole has a certain aura. Men look forward to going to work. The whole staff is in there working, even on our days off. It’s simple to have a night like this because of the atmosphere we’ve established here. to feel like it’s normal to have fifty assists.”

Hawks are overcome by Myles Turner

The Hawks were attempting to throw many people at Haliburton on Friday night, and their defense was really soft in the middle, which allowed Pacers big man Myles Turner to take full advantage.

Turner punished the Hawks’ smaller defenders when they moved to him on pick and rolls. To keep them on their toes, he also popped out for 3s and mid-to-long range 2s. In any case, the Hawks had no answers, so Haliburton in particular continued to feed him. In only 22 minutes and 15 seconds, Turner scored 27 points on 10 of 14 shots, including 2 of 3 from beyond the 3-point arc and 5 of 5 at the foul line. Along with grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists, the comprehensive blowout gave him an early exit from the game.

Tyrese Haliburton has been stung by ball-screen blitzes and double teams from opponents, but Turner’s performance demonstrated how well the Pacers have responded to these tactics. Turner made open mid-range shots that he occasionally misses by finding space around them and taking advantage of tag guys.

Turner claimed, “It was just being aggressive.” “I think back to the beginning of my professional life. That right there, mid-range pick-and-pops, was how I built a career. I suppose I had a changeover since I don’t do it as much as I used to. I attempted to pass it as I was going to fire it. “Hey, why are you trying to pass?” was the sentiment shared by everybody. You consistently make this shot.’ Though I know I can do it, it’s easier when my teammates, my boys, say, “Go score.”

Bruce Brown is sharp following his injury comeback.

Bruce Brown, a guard, made his comeback on Wednesday night. He claimed to have had a bone bruise in his right knee throughout the season, which had not fully healed until it became too painful for him to continue playing. He was even better against the Hawks. Following a five-game absence, he scored 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting in Wednesday’s victory against the Bucks.

Brown made 8 of 9 shots for 17 points, including his lone 3-point attempt. As the main defender for Hawks All-Star point guard Trae Young, he also pulled down three rebounds, provided two assists, and played outstanding defense. In a terrible night, Young missed a few easy shots on his own. He finished with 11 points on 4 of 18 shooting, including 1 of 11 from three.

Carlisle described Brown as having “gotten himself healthy again.” “He wasn’t feeling well for a stretch of six or eight games at one point. All he wanted to do was play. It was alright, according to him. It ultimately got to the point that Josh Corbeil, the chief sports trainer, had to intervene and tell him, “We’re going to have to stop until we get you right. A key element was striking the proper balance between leisure and job. He missed, perhaps, four or five games, but he returned feeling rejuvenated and confident, which is clearly visible.”

While T.J. McConnell misses, James Johnson dunks.

The Pacers dominated the Hawks so completely that they had to start using players from their third unit at the start of the fourth quarter. The Hawks’ starters played well into the fourth quarter, but they were hardly able to make an impact.

The fourth quarter was opened by rookie big Jarace Walker, and it was soon followed by rookie guard Ben Sheppard and forward Jordan Nwora. James Johnson, a 36-year-old forward who joined only three weeks ago after playing without a club for the first two months of the season, was substituted in by the Pacers with 8:14 remaining in the quarter. Sheppard, a rookie, gave Johnson his shot at glory when he found Johnson for a dunk with a baseline drive-and-dish. He stooped to playfully grasp his knee, but continued.

Haliburton said, “Good to see, good to see.” “Good for him, but also beneficial for his children to witness. They speak inanely a lot. It is good for them that he did it.

The Pacers bench was hoping that point guard T.J. McConnell, who had a clean breakaway as well, would dunk as well, but the 31-year-old passed it up and went for the simple layup. As he ran back down the court, his teammates gave him the thumbs down.

Deadpanned, “It’s not exciting,” Haliburton said. “You find layups offensive. We want to dunk whenever we can. T.J. ought should have dunk that. He was able to dunk that. I assure everyone that he could have. He’s just getting older.”

Earlier in the game, Aaron Nesmith had to accept a layup when he had to scratch on a takeoff, and McConnell has thrown the finger to other teammates who passed up dunks. Since they do have a size advantage and he isn’t attempting to attempt a dunk and fail, McConnell disputes that claim as hypocritical.

“Well, let’s simply state it what the schedule exists, like, Aaron’s what, 6-5?” McConnell stated. “My stature is 6-1. Come on, please. As I already stated, I’m not positioning myself to be on Shaqtin’ The Fool. I refuse to participate.”

McConnell did have six assists in the fourth quarter on her own, and she ended the game with ten points and ten assists. In addition to Jordan Nwora’s seven points, Walker scored eight points in the quarter, including two 3-pointers.

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