Pacers’ Aaron Nesmith slips on wet floor in post-game celebration snafu

 

Indiana Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith had a clutch game in their 114-113 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday, but the celebration of the victory could’ve gone a little better.

Nesmith had 19 points off the bench in 25 minutes. He was 5-of-10 with three rebounds. He was one of six players in double figures as Indiana improved to 9-5 on the season. As Nesmith talked to a reporter after the game, his teammates Tyrese Haliburton and T.J. McConnell rushed over to pour water on his head.

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Indiana Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith dribbles the ball against Orlando Magic forward Caleb Houstan at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Nov. 19, 2022, in Indianapolis.
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Nesmith tried to escape but the wet floor caused him to slip and fall.

“Come on,” he said as Haliburton and McConnell walked away laughing.

Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle praised Nesmith after the game.

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“After missing a couple of free throws in the game last night, I think he made all four of ’em tonight and made some threes,” Carlisle said. “He was just into it. We couldn’t have won the game without him.”

Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle argues a call with official Nick Buchert during the Orlando Magic game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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Haliburton had 22 points and 14 assists for the Pacers as they extended their winning streak to four games.

“We’re going through this as a group for like the first time, but it’s happening over and over where we’re in close games down the stretch,” Haliburton said. “You’ve just got to kind of figure it out on the go. We’re growing together as a group.”

Orlando fell to 5-12.

Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton shoots around Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs in Indianapolis, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.
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The two will play again on Monday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.