While the Indiana Pacers have not had much about which to get excited over the last few years, the team's third-quarter output on Tuesday certainly fit the bill.
The Pacers scored a team record 54 points in the third quarter, tied for the fourth most in any quarter in NBA history. The team's 144 total points on the night is one shy of the Pacers NBA home record of 145 set back in 1991. But what was perhaps most fascinating about the record scoring spree was not how much they ended up with, but how the Pacers got there.
Most Points in a Quarter, NBA History
The Pacers hit 13-14 (92.9 percent) from outside the paint in the third quarter. They entered the game shooting 35.1 percent from outside the paint this season. They hit 12-13 from 19 or more feet from the basket. The Pacers made all eight field goals from inside of 10 feet and all five field goals on layups and dunks. Mike Dunleavy went for 24 points in the quarter alone, despite not scoring above 16 points in an entire game entering Tuesday.
The Pacers made their first 20 field goal attempts in the third quarter before, amazingly, missing the 21st attempt. Josh McRoberts did miss the 21st and final shot of what would have been a perfect quarter for the Pacers. In fact, McRoberts played 12 minutes in the quarter (tied for the most on the team), went 0-1 from the field and 0-2 from the line in a quarter in which the rest of his team combined for 54 points and 20-20 from the field. It's wasn't all bad for McRoberts, though; he still had a productive game, grabbing 10 rebounds to go with five assists and a blocked shot. His plus/minus of +25 was the 2nd-highest of any player.