Tyler Hansbrough and his brother Ben Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers could have made history Saturday with the Phoenix Suns. They could have been in the first NBA game played with two sets of brothers against each other.
Markieff and Marcus Morris played for the Suns.
But Ben did not wind up playing for the Pacers. So much for history. But the Hansbroughs didn’t mind too much since their team won.
Tyler, however, continues to have a decent season for the Pacers, who won 112-104 against the Suns.
It was a key win for the 47-27 Pacers who have been battling against the New York Knicks for the No. 2 NBA East playoff spot.
Hansbrough scored five points and brought down six rebounds in 13 key minutes against the Suns. But he’s carried his weight as a valuable sub for the Pacers for most of the season, averaging 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Prior to the battle with the Suns, Hansbrough put in two excellent games for the Pacers. He saw 20 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks and was 5-of-10 from the floor and had 13 points along with nine rebounds. The day before, he had 32 solid minutes against the Houston Rockets and was 4-of-7 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line for 16 points. He added eight rebounds.
That was a stretch of three road games in four days and all were wins for the Pacers. Hansbrough proved his immense value to the Pacers in each one. He hopes to keep doing that for the rest of the season as the Pacers bid for an NBA title.