Tough and exciting game that happened on the Indiana field last night. The Pacers, already without the injured Tyrese Haliburton, got some Hawks needed to win to continue climbing position in the Eastern Conference. It cost them, but they got it thanks to a basket almost on the horn from John Collins, who curiously became the hero of a night in which things were not going too well until then.
The truth is that the match was full of ups and downs for both the teams. The Hawks started out better, reaching 11 points in the second quarter, but the Indianapolis guys responded by dominating the game early in the second half. The joy didn’t last long, as Atlanta quickly resumed command. By now it was clear that no one was in control of the match, something that found its greatest expression when Rick Carlisle’s boys squandered a nine-point lead midway through the fourth quarter to eventually lose 111–113. It was lying
For Atlanta, the top scorer was Trae Young with 26 points, followed by De’Andre Hunter with 25 points. John Collins stayed at seven … but he made it two most important by tapping the winning basket as time expired. Here’s your action.
After the match, Nate McMillan pointed out that once again it was clear that the team’s offensive rhythm was one that fueled the defensive effort.
“When we make shots, we also play defense. It was good to see some of those shots go in. In our last game (against Milwaukee) it was like something was over the rim and wouldn’t let us score. Today Those shots started falling on the night. D’Andre got hot and started hitting shots, as did Trae. I think our defense was really good to hold them to 22 points in the fourth quarter,” he analyzed. did.
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In the absence of Tyrese Halliburton, who will be out for at least two weeks with a left elbow sprain and a minor left knee injury, rookie Benedict Maturin moved into the starting five to finish as his team’s top offensive player with 26 points. . … Buddy Hield also contributed with 18 points and O’Shea Brissett had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
The loss now leaves Indiana out of a playoff spot at 23–20, leaving them one game behind the New York Knicks.
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