Made 14-of-14 free throws on the way to a game-high 31 points, including 17 in the second quarter when Boston took the lead for good. Pierce added 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.
“We kind of let Paul Pierce get away from us, so we didn’t defend very well. We can’t seem to close games out. They are a very good basketball team. We have to put this behind and work hard to get ourselves out of it. We can do it. We just have to get our minds together and start shooting and playing good basketball again.”
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 28, Celtics 28
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 12, Celtics 9
  • Second-chance points: Pacers 14, Celtics 7
  • Points off turnovers: Celtics 24, Pacers 8
  • Starters scoring: Celtics 76, Pacers 62
  • Bench scoring: Celtics 25, Pacers 24
  • Other than Danny Granger, who shot 8-of-10, the rest of the Indiana starting lineup combined to shoot 12-of-44 from the field (27.3 percent).
    The Pacers open a two-game road trip Wednesday in Washington against Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and the Wizards (7 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WIBC 1070-AM).
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  • BOSTON 101, INDIANA 86
    Frigid Pacers stopped by Celtics

    By Conrad Brunner | Nov. 13, 2007

    For all the discussion about how Boston's new big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen would light up scoreboards around the NBA, very little has been made of the revamped team's defense.

    Truth be told, that was what won Tuesday's game for the Celtics Tuesday night. Holding the Pacers to 34.9 percent shooting while forcing 23 turnovers, Boston seized control in the second period on the way to a 101-86 victory in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    While the Pacers (3-4) dropped their fourth in a row overall and third straight at home, Boston (6-0) matched its best start in 20 years.

    "They're a terrific team," said Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien. "They're surprising a lot of people by how good a defensive team they are. They turned us over a lot and kept us from getting into a rhythm. And they certainly challenge you to guard them."

    That challenged was enhanced when Paul Pierce took exception to what he described as a blow to the head from the Pacers' Jamaal Tinsley in the second quarter. Tinsley was called for a reaching foul on the play but Pierce was visibly upset. After making the first free throw, he dropped to the floor for two pushups before making the second.

    Pierce proceeded to score 13 of Boston's final 14 points of the half to turn a 38-all tie into a 52-43 Celtics lead. He finished with 31.

    “I was a little frustrated," Pierce said. "I thought it was a flagrant foul. I got hit on the back of the head. I tried to use it to fire up my teammates. We didn’t need any fighting. And when I did the pushup, I was just trying to blow off steam."

    The deficit grew as large as 16 in the third quarter but the Pacers put together a brief surge in the fourth, scoring seven in a row including consecutive driving baskets by Tinsley to close to 89-82 with 4:07 remaining. But Garnett scored the next two baskets and that was that.

    “We’re just not getting the job done," said Tinsley, who had 14 points and eight assists. "They are a good team but we have good talent also. We must bounce back and go to Washington and win tomorrow. We are just not making shots, defending very well and not playing overall good basketball."

    Danny Granger was the lone weapon for the Pacers, scoring 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including a career-best 5-of-5 from the 3-point line. He added seven rebounds but committed five turnovers. Jermaine O'Neal was held to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds.

    Garnett had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics, while Allen scored 15 of his 17 in the third quarter.

    Of the problems that could be anticipated for the Pacers, such poor shooting has been unexpected.

    "I am surprised," said O'Brien. "We're a better-shooting basketball team than that. I'm certain that will turn around . … I have no doubt about our ability to put the ball in the basket."

  • Tinsley picked up his second flagrant foul of the season against Rajon Rondo in the fourth quarter but it did not affect the outcome.
  • The Pacers trailed at the end of the first quarter (26-24) and at halftime (52-43) for the first time this season.
  • Granger entered the game 0-of-13 from the 3-point line in his previous three games but snapped that streak with his first basket.
  • Marquis Daniels missed the game with a sore left knee. He is expected to play in Washington on Wednesday night.