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Game One | Game Two | Game Three | Game Four | Game Five | Game Six | Game Seven

Game 1: April 23, 2005 - Recap | Box Score | Quotes | Photos


Celtics rookie Al Jefferson comes up with a huge block from behind against Pacer Jermaine O'Neal in game 1.
Brian Babineau (NBAE/Getty)
Pacers 20 11 25 26 82
at Celtics 18 39 29 16 102

Boston Celtics playoff novices Marcus Banks and Al Jefferson gave the Indiana Pacers a postseason experience to forget.

Banks and Jefferson scored eight points apiece in a huge second quarter as the Celtics stormed to a 102-82 rout of the Pacers in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

The third-seeded Celtics overcame a slow start and blitzed the sixth-seeded Pacers, leading by as many as 37 points. In its illustrious history, Boston is 38-3 when winning Game One of a seven-game series.

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Game 2: April 25, 2005 - Recap | Box Score | Quotes | Photos


Celtic Antoine Walker drives past Dale Davis in game 2 at the FleetCenter.
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Pacers 30 14 17 18 82
at Celtics 22 20 27 10 79

Reggie Miller kept the Indiana Pacers in it until they figured out a way to win it.

Miller scored 31 points but just two in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers tightened the defensive screws and rallied for an 82-79 victory over the Boston Celtics that evened their Eastern Conference series at one game each.

In another display of the grit they have shown all season, the sixth-seeded Pacers bounced back from an ugly loss in Game One and stole home-court advantage from the third-seeded Celtics, who scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter. Reggie Miller kept the Indiana Pacers in it until they figured out a way to win it.

Miller scored 31 points but just two in the fourth quarter, when the Pacers tightened the defensive screws and rallied for an 82-79 victory over the Boston Celtics that evened their Eastern Conference series at one game each.

In another display of the grit they have shown all season, the sixth-seeded Pacers bounced back from an ugly loss in Game One and stole home-court advantage from the third-seeded Celtics, who scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter.

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Game 3: April 28, 2005 - Recap | Box Score | Quotes | Photos


Gary Payton drives around one of the Indiana Pacers in game 3.
Brian Babineau (NBAE/Getty)
Celtics 19 19 21 17 76
at Pacers 24 31 16 28 99

Reggie Miller, Jermaine O'Neal and the Indiana Pacers are focused. Antoine Walker and the Boston Celtics are frustrated.

Miller scored 33 points and O'Neal added 21 and 11 rebounds as the Pacers posted a convincing 99-76 victory over the Celtics and grabbed a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

"The last three ballgames, we've really gotten off to good starts," Miller said. "From the beginning, we moved the ball well, everybody touched it and we got some easy ones. Jermaine did a good job of getting involved quickly, maintaining the focus and opening it up for us."

Three nights after stealing home-court advantage with a win in Game Two, the sixth-seeded Pacers kept it, along with their cool. The same could not be said for the third-seeded Celtics, who appear to be feeling the pressure of the postseason and are not reacting well to it.

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Game 4: April 30, 2005 - Recap | Box Score | Quotes | Photos


Pierce scored 23 of his 30 in the first half. (NBAE/Getty)
Celtics 31 25 22 32 110
at Pacers 20 27 16 16 79

Paul Pierce showed the Boston Celtics also know how to deal with adversity.

Picking up the slack for the suspended Antoine Walker, Pierce enjoyed a huge all-around game to lead the Celtics to 110-79 rout of the Indiana Pacers that evened their Eastern Conference first-round matchup at two wins apiece.

The Celtics easily won the series opener, then dropped the next two contests against a Pacers team that has battled adversity for virtually the entire season.

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Game 5: May 3, 2005 - Recap | Box Score


Ricky Davis added 19 points and 3 assists on Tuesday night. (NBAE/Getty)
Pacers 23 27 20 20 90
at Celtics 21 21 23 20 85

Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson helped the Indiana Pacers bounce back from a horrendous performance and move to the brink of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

O'Neal collected 19 points and 10 rebounds and Jackson nailed a key 3-pointer down the stretch as the Pacers held off the Boston Celtics, 90-85, to grab a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven first-round series. NBA TV highlights from

Sixth-seeded Indiana allowed third-seeded Boston to shoot 57 percent (42-of-74) from the field in Saturday's 110-79 setback at Conseco Fieldhouse in Game 4 but limited the Celtics to 45 percent (29-of-64) in this one as the Pacers won here for the second time in the series.

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Game 6: May 5, 2005 - Recap | Box Score


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Celtics 20 29 21 14 8 92
at Pacers 27 16 19 22 5 89

Antoine Walker more than made up for the absence of Paul Pierce in overtime.

Walker scored five of his 24 points in the extra session, including a go-ahead 3-pointer, as the Boston Celtics withstood the ejection of Pierce to edge the Indiana Pacers, 92-89, and force a seventh game in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

"It's one of the best games I've played in on the road. This was a big game," Walker said. "I told myself to stay in the game mentally and keep playing, no matter what. Paul has carried us through this series and I wanted to pick it up for him tonight."

Ricky Davis added 22 points and Pierce added 20, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Celtics, who host the Pacers in Game 7 on Saturday. Indiana has won twice in Boston in the series.

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Game 7: May 7, 2005 - Recap | Box Score

Pacers 22 13 29 33 97
at Celtics 20 12 18 20 70

The Celtics trailed by only two points in the third quarter, but were unable to overtake the visiting Pacers in a 97-70 Game 7 loss Saturday. The defeat prevented the Atlantic Division champs from avenging their first-round sweep at the hands of Indiana last year. Boston was down 43-41 with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period, but the Pacers scored 11 of the next 13 points to take control. Antoine Walker led the Celts with 20 points and Paul Pierce had 19.

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