NBA fans slam prize ‘criminally low’ after Indiana Pacers fan nails free throw, 3-pointer AND a half-court shot in spectacular half-time game… just to walk away with $500 !
- The Indiana Pacers invited fans onto the court for a halftime challenge on Friday night
- Man has to get a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot to win the prize
- Against all odds, he managed to beat the clock to complete the difficult game
- But his prize – $500 – was underwhelming and fans slammed the franchise on Twitter
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The Indiana Pacers were criticized on social media after they awarded a small $500 prize to a fan who managed to make a free throw, a 3-pointer and a half-court shot during an impressive halftime showing on Friday night.
Halftime games have long been a staple of NBA culture, where fans are invited to come down from the stands and given the chance to win big prizes, like cars and thousands of dollars.
The Pacers’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night was no different, giving a guy named Nathaniel a chance to show off his skills on the court.
Pacers fan Nathaniel nailed three very impressive shots during his half-time challenge
The Pacers tweeted about his $500 prize — and got a lot of stick from fans in the comments
And he excelled, nailing a free throw, a three-pointer and a half-court shot in a span of time, sparking wild celebrations in the paint.
While other fans have done much less to win hundreds of thousands of dollars, Nathaniel may have been a little disappointed to get himself only $500 and a ‘prize pack’ from sponsors Hoosier Lottery and the Pacers.
In fact, just two months ago, one lucky Los Angeles Lakers supporter was awarded a whopping $75,000 for his halftime show win, and the same franchise had previously shelled out six figures.
On social media, some fans were quick to criticize Indiana’s prize givers, with more than one saying the Pacers are a ‘poverty franchise’, while another insisted the amount was barely worth it. buy his family a round of drinks after that.
NBA fans called the award ‘shameful’ and a ‘travesty’ compared to other franchises
One calls the Pacers a ‘poverty franchise’ for not giving their fan money for his win
On the court in the game, the Pacers beat the Trail Blazers to seal their fifth straight home win.
Elsewhere, one wrote that it was ‘disgraceful’, and another called it a ‘travesty’.
On the court, the Pacers continued their impressive home run, winning their fifth game in a row.
In recent weeks, they have beaten the Trail Blazers, Raptors, Clippers, Cavaliers and Hawks in Indiana, last losing a game on their home court on December 18 – to the Knicks.
Overall this season, they are seventh in the East, 5.5 games back of the league-leading Celtics with a 22-18 record.