BOSTON 114, INDIANA 88
Pacers Blown Out By Celtics
|STAR OF THE GAME
Scored 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting, adding five rebounds and three assists on a quietly dominant night.
“I was a psyche major in college and I read the quote about the definition
of insanity and that is doing the same thing over and over and thinking that
it is going to change. I am a believer that this team can change. I am a
believer that we can do things hard on a consistent basis. I am a believer
that we can be a solid decision making team and I am a believer that we can
be a team that plays with intensity on the defensive end and that can fuel
our game and that will be our identity. I am going to keep preaching that
to our team because I believe in them, I believe in them.”
Points in the Paint: |
Celtics 46, Pacers 40
Celtics 14, Pacers 11
Celtics 16, Pacers 6
Points off turnovers:
Celtics 29, Pacers 26
Celtics 83, Pacers 53
Pacers 35, Celtics 31
|STAT OF THE GAME
In losing to the Bulls and Celtics, the Pacers have been outrebounded 104-61 overall, 37-10 on the offensive glass and have yielded 44 second-chance points.
The Pacers return home to face Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse (7:00).
Pacers Shot Chart
Recap | Box Score
At TD Banknorth Garden | Nov. 15, 2006
Rebounding was viewed as a potential problem entering the season. Two weeks in, it already has become a crisis. Dominated on the boards for the second game in a row, this time 53-33, the Pacers were flattened by Boston 114-88 Wednesday night.
With the unheralded duo of Kendrick Perkins and Ryan Gomes outplaying Indiana stars Jermaine O'Neal and Al Harrington, the Celtics seized control of the game in the first quarter and blew it open in the third to snap a three-game losing streak and pick up their second victory in eight games. Paul Pierce (32) and Wally Szczerbiak (20) carried the offense.
The Pacers, who've been outrebounded by 43 in their last two games, lost their second in a row overall and third straight on the road to fall to 4-4. Harrington scored 23 with six rebounds, while Marquis Daniels provided a brief spark off the bench with a season-high 15 points.
Daniels worked his 26 minutes, hitting 4-of-7 shots and producing three steals and two assists in his best performance of the young season. O'Neal had 12 rebounds, five blocks and four assists. Stephen Jackson made half his shots (5-of-10) and scored 13, but that was about it for the Pacers.
When a team shoots .383 from the field, yields 50 percent shooting, commits 19 turnovers and gets outrebounded by 20, it represents about as total a collapse as is possible. O'Neal continued to struggle with his shot (3-of-14, bringing his three-game total to 13-of-45) and made just one trip to the line. Jamaal Tinsley shot 1-of-7 and managed four assists in nearly 25 minutes. Pierce scored his 32 without the appearance of a struggle, while Szczerbiak shook off a 3-of-13 first half to become a bigger factor in the second. Gomes had 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Perkins had 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
Aside from a bench-inspired burst that began late in the first quarter and carried through the second, the Pacers offered little resistance. Down just 47-45 at halftime, they promptly went nearly 6½ minutes without a field goal, missing nine in a row, as the Celtics put together a 19-5 run to build a 66-50 lead. Boston opened the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run to turn it into a 93-68 laugher as the Pacers missed six in a row. Including an 18-2 first-quarter run, the Celtics outscored the Pacers 50-9 in their three big runs.
The Pacers picked up one technical foul (Stephen Jackson) and one flagrant foul (Jamaal Tinsley), both in the second half.
After averaging 100.8 points, .446 shooting and 84.0 field goal attempts in winning three of their first four, the Pacers have averaged 88.0 points, .399 shooting and 77.0 field goal attempts in losing three of the last four.
The Pacers have outrebounded their opponents by 34 in four wins, but have been outrebounded by 52 in four losses.
Orien Greene made his first appearance of the regular season, playing just under 10 minutes but producing just one point and one assist against his former team.
Darrell Armstrong, whose status for the game was in question because of a sore hamstring, played seven ineffective minutes.
Maceo Baston, Josh Powell and Shawne Williams were inactive.