NBA Game Notes (Nov. 14, 2023)
Here are the NBA game notes for games that were played on November 14, 2023.
Pacers Cool Off Sixers
The Indiana Pacers cooled off the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers, snapping the Sixers’ eight-game winning streak with a 132-126 victory. The Pacers have scored at least 120 points in each of their last seven games, the franchise’s longest such streak since joining the NBA in 1976.
The Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton scored a team-high 33 points, dished out a game-high 15 assists, and did not commit a turnover. He’s just the fifth player to record a 30-point, 15-assist game with zero turnovers since the NBA began tracking individual turnovers in 1977-78:
John Stockton (Dec. 28, 1989)
Chris Paul (Jan. 6, 2009)
LeBron James (March 21, 2018)
James Harden (March 1, 2021)
Tyrese Haliburton (Nov. 14, 2023)
Haliburton — who had 25 points, 17 assists, and no errors in his last outing — is the first player in that span to record back-to-back 25-point, 15-assist games with zero turnovers.
Haliburton shot 11-18 from the field, making seven of his 12 attempts from 3-point range. Haliburton has recorded at least 25 points and 10 assists with an effective field goal percentage of 70% in each of his last three games. The only other players in NBA history to record three such games in a row are Wilt Chamberlain (March 15-18, 1968) and LeBron James (Feb. 1-6, 2017).
Teammate Obi Toppin scored a season-high 27 points on 12-15 shooting from the floor. It’s the eighth time Toppin has scored at least 20 points in a game, but this is by far his highest field goal percentage in such a game (his previous high was 63.6%).
The Pacers are averaging 126.5 PPG through 11 games this season. Only three teams in NBA history have recorded a higher scoring average through their first 11 games of a season:
132.4 — Denver Nuggets, 1988-89
128.7 — Denver Nuggets, 1990-91
127.5 — Denver Nuggets, 1983-84
The Sixers were led by Joel Embiid, who scored a game-high 39 points with team-high figures of 12 rebounds, six assists, and three steals. It’s the 30th time Embiid has recorded at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists in a game, the second-most such games in franchise history (Wilt Chamberlain, 35).
Embiid shot 11-22 from the field and made all 17 of his free throws. It’s the 33rd time Embiid has made at least 15 free throws in a game, the second-most such games among active players (James Harden, 73).
Sixers guard De’Anthony Melton scored 30 points, the second 30-point game of his career. Melton made eight of his 13 attempts from the field and hit all 10 of his free throws. Embiid and Melton are just the fourth duo in franchise history to each make at least 10 free throws without a miss in the same game:
Moses Malone & Julius Erving (Feb. 16, 1985)
Jerry Stackhouse & Vernon Maxwell (Dec. 20, 1995)
Allen Iverson & Marc Jackson (April 14, 2005)
Joel Embiid and De’Anthony Melton (Nov. 14, 2023)
Tyrese Maxey (27 points) and Tobias Harris (22) also recorded 20-point games for the Sixers. Maxey shot just 9-23 from the floor (39.1%), but Harris connected on 11 of his 17 attempts (64.7%).
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