It was hard getting over the shock of the Miami Heat blowing a 22-point lead against the Utah Jazz when I heard another shocking piece of information: the Indiana Pacers made 20 straight shots to start the third quarter. Yup, the Pacers beat the Nuggets 144-113 on Tuesday night thanks to a record-setting performance.
Indiana came out smoking hot in the 3rd, making its first 20 shots including 13 from outside the paint. The streak wasn’t broken until Josh McRoberts bombed and missed a three pointer to end the quarter. McRoberts also missed two free throws in the quarter making matters even worse.
Mike Dunleavy actually went for 24 points in the quarter alone, making five threes. The team set a franchise record with 54 points scored in the quarter and were five points away from setting the NBA record for most points in a quarter.
Coach Jim O’Brien said their hot quarter was about as much fun as you could have on a basketball court. Heck yeah that is — those players haven’t ever shot that well, not even when they were on fire playing NBA Jam. Scoring 54 points in a quarter and going 20-21? That’s just silly.
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