Pacers Beat Heat as Timberlake Looks On

In the midst of it all, to the surprise of no one, Indianapolis tweeters get punny.

Do you like puns based on early-2000s pop music? Good.

If you’ve been living under a football, the Indiana Pacers are the best team in the NBA, and they proved it last night in taking down the league’s two-time defending champion Miami Heat, winning 90-84. The Pacers are now 19-3 on the season after a 3-2 road trip against top Western Conference teams.

Last night’s victory came in front of a packed Bankers Life Fieldhouse audience that included the arguable best boy-band frontman the world has ever seen and heard.

Justin Timberlake, the Mouseketeerturnedsinger-turned-actor, was on hand at the arena Tuesday night to take in the game between the Eastern Conference’s top two squads. But the Artist Formerly Known as the Face of *NSYNC isn’t abiding in Indianapolis for a mere basketball game. Timberlake is in the Circle City as part of his 20/20 Experience world tour and will performing in that same house, the Fieldhouse, tonight at 8 p.m.

Now it’s time for some tweets from last night’s game, showing the singer enjoying a night in Indy. Also: puns.

During the game a video played of Pacer Danny Granger singing Timberlake’s song “Holy Grail.” The singer gave the performace a standing ovation.

The Pacers trailed the Heat 47-40 at halftime after Indiana gave up 30 first-quarter points. As a result, puns Nos. 1 and 2 courtesy of FOX 59 sports anchor Chris Hagan.

Following the game Timberlake shot the ball around. WTHR sports reporter Rich Nye snapped a shot of the action and provided pun No. 3, straight off *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached album:

Finally, Timberlake and the Pacers’ star forward-guard, Paul George, played a game of “horse” as head coach Frank Vogel looked on.