For once, I'm glad the Indiana Pacers have a couple of days off between games.
It allows us to bask in the glow of last night's monster win and ridiculous third quarter before focusing on Friday's game against Houston. The highlights never get old and I could swim all day in the numbers.
Speaking of which, by some measures the Pacers were better than perfect in the third quarter last night. As Bradford Doolittle points out, the advanced stat calculation for field goal efficiency (eFG%) takes into account the extra value of 3-pointers, so the Pacers finished the third with an eFG% of 114%!
After the jump, tons of links with stories and highlights from last night's game as all of the national media outlets took notice of the Pacers. It was certainly a pleasure to see so much time devoted to the Pacers on SportsCenter and NBA TV along with all of the national web sites, as everyone around the league did a double-take upon hearing the news.
- Box score
PACERS: Game Rewind: Pacers 144, Nuggets 113
Bruno has all of the numbers, notes, quotes and highlights from last night's win and there's a ton, so enjoy.
Incredible third quarter! | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star
Mike Wells had to enjoy writing last night's game story as he reports on the video game-feel to the third quarter.
AP: Pacers go 20 for 21 in 3rd, beat Nuggets 144-113
Cliff Brunt reports on the Pacers big win.
Pacers turn a quiet Tuesday into a perfectly special night
Bob Kravitz offers some good-natured ribbing to Josh McRobertsin his column today along with this solid line about the near-perfect third quarter: "The Pacers actually wanted to go for the perfect quarter, but Bill Polian told them to miss their last shot. Ba-dump-bump." And yes, Curtis Painter was at the game last night.
Rush plays well after 5-game suspension | IndyStar.com
Mike Wells reminds us that Brandon Rush looked pretty good in his debut last night as well.
- Hoopdata Advanced Box Score - Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers 11/9/2010
Video: No, really, the Pacers shot 20-21 in Q3 - CBSSports.com
Matt Moore shares the third quarter video of the Pacers' incredible shooting performance.
Pacers' near perfection in third quarter dooms Nuggets 144-113 - The Denver Post
Benjamin Hochman reports on the Denver side of the story.
Pacers deep fry the Nuggets (Nuggets/Pacers recap) - Denver Stiffs
Nuggets drop both games of a road back-to-back and lose in horrific fashion to the Pacers 144-113.
The Indiana Pacers Score 54 Points in a Quarter
Jared Wade puts some historical perspective around the Pacers' third quarter last night. Not bad.
Indiana's Amazing Quarter - Basketball Prospectus
Bradford Doolittle reacts to the crazy numbers put up by the Pacers.
Pacers make first 20 of 21 shots in a quarter, score 54 points - Ball Don't Lie
KD shares his thoughts on the 20 of 21.
- Pacers Nearly Perfect in Nuggets Blowout -- NBA FanHouse
How will Nuggets' shakeup affect Melo? - CBSSports.com
Ken Berger comments on the problems the Nuggets had off the court yesterday.
- Pacers record 3rd quarter sparks win - TrueHoop Blog
In Case You Missed It: The Day In Sports - SportsCenter.com
Pacers among the can't miss stories from yesterday.
- Following video the third quarter via Matt Moores' at Facts and Rumors.