JAMAAL TINSLEY
Racked up a season-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting, hitting 10-of-11 free throws, adding seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.
RICK CARLISLE
"It's a heck of a win. That's all I'll say about it. We did a lot of good things to get a lead. Doc (Rivers) is great at going small and ratting up the game. Our free throw shooting was bad but fortunately theirs was worse."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 40, Celtics 36
Fast-break points:
Pacers 18, Celtics 10
2nd-chance points:
Celtics 15, Pacers 5
Points off turnovers:
Celtics 21, Pacers 19
Starters scoring:
Pacers 80, Celtics 50
Bench scoring:
Celtics 46, Pacers 23
In the first and fourth quarters, the Celtics racked up 70 points on 26-of-42 shooting (.619) and outrebounded the Pacers 28-17. In the second and third periods, the Pacers held Boston to 26 points on 11-of-38 shooting (.289) and outrebounded the visitors 23-12.
The February schedule opens with a bang as Kobe Bryant and the Lakers make their only visit of the season to Conseco Fieldhouse Friday (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana).
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  • INDIANA 103, BOSTON 96
    Pacers Survive Boston's Late Charge

    By Conrad Brunner | Jan. 30, 2007


    A 20-point fourth-quarter lead nearly disappeared in an avalanche of turnovers and missed free throws, but the end result made the finish a little easier to digest, if something less than savory.

    With Jamaal Tinsley finishing off a season-high 28-point game with five free throws and a steal in the final minute, the Pacers held off a late Boston charge for a 103-96 victory over the slumping Celtics Tuesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Coach Rick Carlisle summed up the unnecessarily angst-ridden finish nicely.

    "Wins are too hard to come by," he said, "to complain about them."

    Indiana led 76-56 entering the period and 90-72 with 3:54 remaining but slipped into cruise control a bit too early. The Pacers missed seven free throws and committed four turnovers as the Celtics put together a 24-10 run to cut the gap to 100-96 on Gerald Green's 3-pointer with 26.2 seconds left. Tinsley sandwiched a Sebastian Telfair miss with three of four free throws, then locked it up with a steal on Boston's final possession.

    The Pacers (24-21) won their fourth in five games overall and fourth straight at home, where they improved to 14-7. Boston (12-32) dropped its 12th in a row, the franchise's longest losing streak since a 13-game in the 1996-97 season, and dropped to 8-15 on the road.


    PLUSES

    The Pacers dominated the second and third periods defensively, outscoring the Celtics 52-26 points and 11-of-38 shooting (.289) while outrebounding the visitors 23-12. Tinsley had his best game in weeks, adding seven assists, six rebounds and three steals to his 28 points. He was 9-of-14 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line. Jermaine O'Neal scored 25 on 9-of-17 shooting, adding eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Danny Granger scored 13 with five rebounds but battled foul trouble, and Troy Murphy fell one point short of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. The Pacers shot .536 overall.
    MINUSES
    The Celtics dominated the first and fourth periods offensively, outscoring the Pacers 70-51, shooting 26-of-42 (.619) and holding a 28-17 advantage on the boards. Al Jefferson was a force inside with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Green scored 12 of his 14 in the final four minutes. Ryan Gomes scored 13 with four rebounds and Telfair led a spirited bench effort with 11. Boston got 46 points and 14 rebounds from its reserves.

    The Pacers shot poorly from the line throughout, going 29-of-46 (.630), and missed all seven of their 3-point attempts. They also committed 18 turnovers that fueled 21 Boston points.


    MOMENTS
    The shorthanded Celtics seized the early momentum and held a 34-26 lead early in the second quarter before the Pacers found their rhythm and put together a 24-6 run, with Granger and O'Neal scoring seven apiece, to take a 50-40 lead. The Celtics chipped away and were down 61-54 in the third when Tinsley took matters into his hands, scoring twice in a row to spark a 15-2 run that pushed the Pacers to a 76-56 lead heading into the fourth. The Pacers led 90-72 after a pair of Tinsley free throws with 3:54 remaining but that's when things quickly became a little too dramatic as Boston went with a small, pressing lineup that threw the game into a frenzied pace that worked much to the home team's detriment. The Pacers, however, managed to at least keep a two-possession gap and ultimately survived the flurry.
    TIDBITS
  • Marquis Daniels missed his second straight game with tendinitis in his left knee. His absence created an opening in the rotation again for Rawle Marshall, who had eight points in 32 minutes but missed six of 12 free throws.
  • Mike Dunleavy picked up two fouls on the Pacers' first defensive possession 20 seconds into the game but did not commit any thereafter.
  • O'Neal's three blocks gave him 1,097 for his career, moving him past Herb Williams into second place on the franchise's all-time list. He needs just 15 to pass career leader Rik Smits (1,111).
  • Boston's 40-poiint fourth quarter was the second allowed by the Pacers this season.