Haliburton, Pacers spoil DiVincenzo’s career-game in Game 3, trims series vs Knicks to 2-1

Published May 11, 2024, 10:48 AMPao Ambat

The Indiana Pacers remained perfect at home this postseason with a 4-0 record.

Tyrese Haliburton went to work in a much-needed Game 3 win for the Indiana Pacers.

Tyrese Haliburton and the Indiana Pacers will not be denied this time. 

Back at home, the Pacers found a way to finally get on the board. 

Haliburton scored 35 points, while Andrew Nembhard drilled a clutch go-ahead triple down the stretch, as the Indiana Pacers survived Donte DiVincenzo’s career playoff-game to nip the New York Knicks in Game 3, 111-106, and trim the East semifinal series deficit to 2-1.


Haliburton raced to a scorching hot start, dropping 23 points in the first half and finished with seven rebounds and six triples in a gutsy win at home.

In another wild finish, Nembhard, who was struggling from the field all-game long, hit a tie-breaking triple as the shot clock winds down to give the Pacers a 119-116 lead with 17.1 seconds left in regulation.

That was before Jalen Brunson drained a step-back three-pointer to make it 116-all, setting the stage for Nembhard’s clutch heroics.

Pascal Siakam added 26 points while Myles Turner had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, including this clutch block that led to a Nembhard bucket for a 104-102 Indiana lead with 1:56 seconds left.

The Pacers actually raced to a fast start, building a 20-8 lead in the opening frame en route to a 29-20 lead after one.

On the other hand, DiVincenzo went off for a postseason high 35 points, including tying the Knicks record for the most triples made in a single playoff game at seven.

The former Villanova Wildcat put on a show in third, exploding for 17 points to lead a rampaging 24-8 Knicks run to end the quarter for a 90-85 lead entering the final frame.

Brunson chipped in 26 while Josh Hart registered a double-double of 10 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds as Alec Burks and Miles McBride combined for 24 off the bench.

Trailing by as much as 12 points, New York had their biggest lead at nine, 95-86, early in the fourth but got outscored, 26-16, in the final frame.

Game 4 of the series is on Monday, May 13, 3:30 a.m. LIVE on NBA TV Philippines and the Pilipinas Live app.