BOSTON, April 25 (Ticker) -- Reggie Miller kept the Indiana Pacers in it until they figured out a way to win it.

Miller scored 28 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.

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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.

"There's no way this team is going to go quietly," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "No way. We've been through too much."

Miller, held to seven points on 1-of-7 shooting in the opener, came out firing in Game Two. Repeatedly draining his patented jumper, he scored 18 points in the first half as Indiana grabbed a 47-42 lead.

Boston stormed back behind Paul Pierce, who scored 17 of his 33 points in the third period, including the final five in the quarter, giving Boston a 69-64 lead.

It was 76-70 with 4 1/2 minutes left after a free throw by Raef LaFrentz before a basket and two free throws by Jermaine O'Neal, who aggravated his shoulder strain in the second quarter but played through it and scored 13 points.

Antoine Walker made a running hook shot at the 2:41 mark, but that was Boston's last basket. Anthony Johnson made a short jumper and Stephen Jackson tied it with a dunk after James Jones made a phenomenal block of a driving layup by Ricky Davis.

Walker missed two short shots and Johnson gave the Pacers the lead for good at 80-78 on a layup with 1:09 to play. Pierce had a chance to tie it, but split a pair of free throws.

"I was really disappointed in our defense down the stretch," Pierce said. "We gave up too many easy baskets. They got a couple of dunks and a couple of layups. That can't happen. Not in the playoffs. Not at home. Not anywhere."

Miller, quiet in the fourth quarter to that point, used a headfake to step inside the 3-point circle and sank a 17-footer on the move for an 82-79 edge with 37 seconds left.

"We had our lulls tonight but I think the tempo was set just right," Miller said. "We didn't get into a windshield wiper game like we did in Game One and we executed down the stretch."

Davis missed a pull-up jumper and Johnson missed a 20-footer, giving the Celtics one last chance with 5.4 seconds left. But Pierce, perhaps sensing an intentional foul, rushed a 3-pointer that was rebounded by Johnson, who dribbled out the clock.

Jackson scored 16 of his 20 points in the first quarter and Johnson added nine and seven assists for the Pacers, who won despite being beaten on the boards (44-31) and at the line (24-16).

"The fourth quarter was kind of how our year had been going," Jackson said. "Dealing with adversity and going through ups and downs. We've been playing against the odds all season. This team is a strong team."

Walker scored 19 points but was the only other Celtic in double figures. Boston shot under 39 percent (26-of-67).

"They made us work a little bit and we missed a couple of shots that we usually make," he said. "They're not going to give you anything. They made the shots that were necessary to win the game."

Davis, who was talking about a sweep during Game One, had a terrible game with just six points on 1-of-8 shooting. He committed five turnovers before fouling out in the final minute. After the game, Davis went on the defensive.

"I want to know what I said," he barked. "Somebody said I talked about a sweep. It would be stupid of me to talk about a sweep. I want to know where it came from."

The series shifts to Indiana for Games Three and Four on Thursday and Saturday.

The game took on a similar pattern to the opener. The Pacers made their first four 3-pointers and jumped to a 13-2 lead. The Celtics rallied behind their bench before things again got ugly.

But this one was ugly due to a lack of flow rather than a lack of competition as both teams were content to walk it up and run isolation sets. Jones hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cap a 7-0 burst.

"As starters, we have to a better job of getting this team off to a better start," Pierce said. "The last two games, we haven't been getting off to great starts."