Tyrese Haliburton exacted a measure of personal revenge with a tie-breaking 28-footer with 2.1 seconds remaining to cap a career-best 43-point performance and the Indiana Pacers continued their run of heavyweight knockouts with a 111-108 road victory over the Miami Heat on Friday, December 23 (Saturday, December 24, Manila time).
Held without a field goal and to just one point in a home meeting earlier this month, Haliburton hit 14 of his 20 shots this time around, including a career-high 10 three-pointers in 16 attempts.
The 10th was the most spectacular, coming on Indiana’s final possession after the Heat’s Tyler Herro had buried a game-tying three-pointer with 14.2 seconds to go.
Haliburton’s previous career high for points was 38, recorded as a member of the Sacramento Kings in January at Philadelphia.
Buddy Hield chipped in with 7 three-pointers, accounting for all 21 of his points, helping the Pacers complete a nine-day sweep of the Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics, and Heat.
Herro paced Miami with 28 points, but the Heat dropped a second straight game despite his last-minute heroics.
In a tightly contested game that was tied at 84-all in the first minute of the final period, consecutive hoops by Haliburton – including a three-pointer – allowed the visitors to go up 100-88 at the midpoint of the quarter before the Heat rallied.
Two free throws by Herro got Miami within 108-105 with still 51.2 seconds left, and after two Pacers misses, Herro got open on an inbounds play for a game-tying three-pointer with 14.2 seconds to go.
But after a timeout, the Pacers got the ball to Haliburton, who went unassisted on his game-winning, long-range hoop.
The three-point basket was a fitting ending as the Pacers won the game from beyond the arc, going 21-for-47 and outscoring the hosts 63-39 from deep.
Haliburton also found time for a game-high 7 assists, while Myles Turner grabbed a game-high-tying 11 rebounds to complement 5 points. Jalen Smith matched Turner’s rebound total while also adding 14 points, and Andrew Nembhard contributed 10 points, helping Indiana record back-to-back road wins for just the third time this season.
Herro did a majority of his scoring on 5-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc. Kyle Lowry backed him with 21 points and a team-high 5 assists, Jimmy Butler with 20 points, Bam Adebayo with 18 points to go with a team-high 7 rebounds, and Haywood Highsmith with 10 points. – Rappler.com