Nov 16, 2023 - Sports

Tyrese Haliburton is reshaping the Pacers

Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton celebrates a play in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Tyrese Haliburton is leading the NBA in assists. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Tyrese Haliburton is playing like a superstar.

Why it matters: Haliburton's breakout start to the season has lifted the Indiana Pacers to a 7-4 record, plus 2-0 in In-Season Tournament Pool Play and first place in East Group A.

By the numbers: The Pacers upset the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday after losing to them Sunday in a high-scoring game — and Haliburton was nearly flawless in both contests.

  • He had 33 points and 15 assists Tuesday.
  • He had 25 points and 17 assists Sunday.

Of note: He's the first player to have at least 25 points and 15 assists, plus zero turnovers, in consecutive games since the NBA started tracking turnovers in 1977, per ESPN.

Between the lines: It's early, but Haliburton ranks No. 1 in assists and he's leading one of the most explosive offensive runs in NBA history.

  • The 23-year-old point guard is orchestrating an offense averaging 122 points per 100 possessions, which would set a new record if it held up for the entire season, per The Ringer.

The bottom line: Haliburton is reshaping the Pacers and resetting expectations.

Go deeper: With Tyrese Haliburton, All Things Are Possible (The Ringer)

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to show that the Pacers won Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers, but not Sunday's game as well.


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