The Warriors may be the NBA’s best 3-point shooting team, but perhaps the Indiana Pacers aren’t that far behind.
The Pacers went 19-of-26 from 3-point range in their win over the Wizards on Tuesday. The 19 3-pointers were a franchise record. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that their 73 percent shooting from distance is the best all-time by a team that took at least 25 3-point shots in a game.
Amazingly, it was the first time this season that the Pacers made more than half of their 3-point attempts. The Pacers had a stretch of four games in six days earlier this season in which they didn’t shoot better than 35 percent on 3-pointers in any of them.
The Pacers made 34 percent of their 3-pointers in the first seven games of the season. Since then, they’ve made 48 percent (82-of-171). Entering Tuesday, they ranked third in the NBA at 38.9 percent for the season, trailing the Warriors (41.6 percent) and Suns (39.3)
The top makers on Tuesday were Paul George and C.J. Miles, who combined to make 15 of 17. Elias notes that they are the first Pacers teammates to make at least seven 3-pointers in the same game and the first teammates to do so in a game since J.R. Smith and Steve Novak did it for the 2011-12 Knicks.
Not only did the Pacers shoot 73 percent on their 3-pointers, they shot only 70 percent on their free throws and 46 percent on their 2-pointers (which is right at their season average).