In the National Basketball Association (NBA), another extremely productive meeting between the middlemen of the Eastern Conference took place.
Atlanta Hawks (37/37) in their arena after a tough fight 143:130 (39:35, 33:39, 33:24, 38:32) beat the Indiana Pacers (33/42).
In the middle of the third quarter, when the score was equal (84:84), they eliminated themselves from the match Trae’us Youngaswho expressed his displeasure by throwing the ball at the referee.
At the decisive moment, the Hawks held on even without a leader, not slowing down the turnovers in the attack and after Dejounte Murray’s shot, they broke away with a difference of 18 points (143:125).
The match became impressively productive not because of exceptional individual performances, but because of the involvement of many players. As many as 16 participants in the match achieved double-digit results.
Only the one who shined in the Indiana club managed to stand out more Jordanui Nworai. After coming off the bench, the leader of the Nigerian team scored 33 points in 34 minutes (8/10 two-pointers, 4/7 three-pointers, 5/5 free throws), rebounded 6 balls, made an assist, blocked a shot and had 2 errors and fouls.
Both teams dished out 33 assists, the Hawks made half of their 3-pointers (15/30), the Pacers didn’t make a mistake from the free throw line (12/12).
The victory allowed the Atlanta club to maintain the eighth place in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers are in twelfth.
„Pacers“: Jordan Nwora 33 (6 rebounds, 4/7 3-pointers), Tyrese Haliburton 19 (13 rebounds), Buddy Hield 16 (5 rebounds, 4/12 3-pointers), Isaiah Jackson 14 (5 4 rpg, 3 rpg, 7/8 2p), Andrew Nembhard 12, Jalen Smith (7 rpg) and Aaron Nesmith 11 each, TJMcConnell 10.
„Hawks“: John Collins 21 (7/8 2pts), Dejounte Murray 20 (12 rpg), Saddiq Bey 18 (6 rpg), Clint Capela 17 (17 rpg, 5/5 pts ), Garrison Mathews (4-of-5 3-pointers) and Trae Young (5-rep) each had 14, Onyeka Okongwu 12 (6-rep), AJGriffin 11 (3-of-6 3-pointers).
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