T.J. Warren almost single-handedly carried the short-handed Indiana Pacers to a crucial 127-121 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 6-foot-8 forward knocked down a career-high nine 3-pointers, the last of which put the game away, en route to finishing with a career-best 53 points.
Playing 40 minutes, Warren also finished with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
T.J.- NBA (@NBA) August 2, 2020
Locked. In.#PhantomCam pic.twitter.com/ipwWSciDlV
With his game-winning performance, Warren became the fourth player in Pacers history to score at least 50 points and the first since Jermaine O'Neal in 2005.
Only Pacers legend Reggie Miller (57) and O'Neal (55) have scored more than Warren's 53 points.
T.J. Warren had Spike and I like... pic.twitter.com/5Zngrt7w0t- Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) August 2, 2020
His 20 field goals and nine 3-pointers tie a franchise record. His 19 first-quarter points also tie a franchise record.
In terms of the current NBA season, Warren becomes the first player in the season restart to score 50 points and the 12th different player to reach that mark in the 2019-20 season.
His performance helped the Pacers outlast big games from the Philadelphia 76ers' star-studded squad. With 41 points, 21 rebounds and three blocks, Joel Embiid became the first 76ers player with multiple 40-point, 20-rebound games since Charles Barkley. Ben Simmons finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Tobias Harris dropped 30 points.
Warren's play got NBA players, both former and current, talking on social media.
@TonyWarrenJr ... I wonder how cash considerations feels about this performance 🤯 https://t.co/NA9XSNiIf7- Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) August 2, 2020
Killaaaaaa https://t.co/FetGhPsgz7- Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) August 2, 2020
Filthy T!!- David West (@D_West30) August 2, 2020
TJ is a certified bucket!!! @TonyWarrenJr 🔥🔥🔥- Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) August 2, 2020
--👇🏿That part. https://t.co/EHhIlz8Swr- 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) August 2, 2020
Tony _______ buckets!!! @TonyWarrenJr- Greg Monroe (@M10OSE) August 2, 2020
Stop playing!!! 💪🏾 https://t.co/12werPLw0c- elfrid payton (@elfrid) August 2, 2020
Tony buckets!!!!!!- Gary Clark (@Gary11_Clark) August 2, 2020
With this win, the Pacers clinched the season series with the 76ers, giving them the tiebreaker should both teams finish with identical records at the end of the seeding games.
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