SLIDESHOW:50 Years of Hip-Hop.. and Pacers Basketball

The Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-114 Wednesday night. Pascal Siakam went off for 24 points and 11 boards, and the boundary king himself, Tyrese Haliburton, dropped 17 points and 13 dimes, four of which came late in the fourth quarter on consecutive possessions. 

Obi Toppin (let’s go, cuz) showed elite athleticism (DNA) in battling Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram on the defensive end. He also displayed a nose for the ball in scoring situations, adding 16 points and six rebounds in a reserve roll. His good energy and high-flying dunks had the fans going crazy. 

This was the third loss for New Orleans in their last four games. CJ McCollum added 23 points and six rebounds, Zion Williamson scored 23 points, and Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 30 points and six rebounds. The big tickets for New Orleans showed up and out, but the team fell so far behind early in the first quarter; even though they outscored the Pacers in the subsequent quarters, they could not ever get the lead. 

The Gainbridge event also paid tribute to the 50 Years of Hip Hop Culture theme. Shout to DJ Topspeed and Metrognome from Deckademics DJ School for “putting it down” and teaching live scratch lessons to fans of all ages. 317 Street Dance Academy was on deck as well. It is good to see owner Keegan “Seoul” Loye doing his thing on the floor with the new generation of b-boys and b-girls in Indy eager to jump in and learn. The cross-cultural experience was positive, and the fans even saw a halftime performance by Dj Kool.

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