Tyrese Haliburton
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The Indiana Pacers walloped the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in a crucial Game 7 NBA Playoffs matchup on Sunday afternoon. One of the biggest keys to victory was Tyrese Haliburton leading a near-historically efficient first half of scoring before finishing with a team-high 26 points in the 130-109 win.

In doing so, the Pacers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2014. While the Pacers nearly led from start to finish in Game 7, the Knicks had plenty of chances to advance after taking a 2-0 series lead.

But the Pacers bounced back once the series went to Indiana at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, winning Games 3 and 4 to break even. Then, the Knicks took the series lead again, moving up to 3-2 after Game 5.

The rest was history. New York couldn’t win either of their next two games, allowing the Pacers to sprint to the next round. Some might say, the Knicks choked. Tyrese Haliburton would agree. Here was Haliburton’s vintage Reggie Miller choking sweatshirt worn shortly after the Pacers’ series-clinching win.

Miller, of course, famously made the choking gesture while playing the Knicks during their 1995 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup, when Indiana defeated New York 4-3. Haliburton and thousands of Pacers fans still haven’t forgotten, nearly 30 years later.

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