Pacers advance over Bucks to championship game of tournament

Pacers advance over Bucks to championship game of tournament

In the NBA’s in-season tournament, Tyrese Haliburton led the Indiana Pacers to a 128-119 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinal. Haliburton’s exceptional performance included 27 points, 7 rebounds, 15 assists, and no turnovers. The win propelled the Pacers to the tournament’s championship game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Coach Rick Carlisle praised Haliburton as a transcendent player, stating that anything is possible with him on the court. Haliburton’s remarkable stats marked the 17th time in NBA history that a player achieved at least 25 points, 15 assists, and no turnovers in a game. Notably, Haliburton accomplished this feat three times in the current season alone.

In response to a strong third quarter by the Bucks, Haliburton led Indiana’s impressive comeback, contributing to a 9-2 run in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The victory over the Bucks followed earlier wins against the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics in the tournament.

Giannis Antetokounmpo praised Haliburton for his pace and transformation of the Pacers. Haliburton expressed admiration for Damian Lillard, referencing the banter between them during the game. He emphasized the fun of competition and the opportunity to compete against his hometown team, the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Pacers, often overlooked as a small-market franchise, now find themselves in the championship game, with Haliburton highlighting the team’s goal of winning and becoming nationally relevant through their play in the tournament. Indiana will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Cup final on Saturday night.