Player of the Game
TROY MURPHY
Continuing his run of strong performances in the absence of Danny Granger, Murphy scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, adding a season-high 18 rebounds and two assists.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season Name Game Season
Diener DNP --- Dunleavy +2 +3
Ford -5 -171 Foster DNP -9
Granger DNP -58 - Hansbrough +4 -45
Head +3 +53 Hibbert -5 +48
D. Jones -2 -72 S. Jones -5 -55
McRoberts DNP -14 Murphy -6 -149
Price DNP +10 Rush -15 -69
Watson -4 +29
Hustle Board
  • Points in the paint: Pacers 28, Celtics 26
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 19, Celtics 17
  • Second-chance points: Celtics 13, Pacers 12
  • Points off turnovers: Celtics 32, Pacers 13
  • Starters scoring: Celtics 87, Pacers 62
  • Bench scoring: Pacers 32, Celtics 16
  • Stat of the Night
    With Rasheed Wallace starting in place of Kevin Garnett, this marked the first time in 27 games the Celtics started anything other than their primary lineup. The Pacers have used nine lineups this season, none featuring their five primary starters (T.J. Ford, Mike Dunleavy, Danny Granger, Troy Murphy and Roy Hibbert).
    Noteworthy
  • The Celtics played without Kevin Garnett, who wanted to play but was given a mandatory night off by Coach Doc Rivers, who felt the veteran star needed the extra time to rest an ailing right thigh.
  • Rasheed Wallace started his first game as a member of the Celtics in Garnett's place.
  • Jeff Foster missed his second game in a row with multiple sprains in his back. Foster traveled to Boston over the weekend to be treated by orthopedic specialist Dan Dyrek.
  • Since the Pacers stunned Boston 113-104 on Nov. 14, the most points scored against the Celtics this season, Indiana has gone 15 of 20 while Boston has won 14 of 16.
  • Outscored 26-17 in the fourth quarter Tuesday, the Pacers have been outscored in six straight fourth quarters 155-101 (averaging just 16.8 points).
  • Boston hasn't trailed by more than 16 points all season but was down 15 to the Pacers at halftime.
  • Up Next
    After three days off during the holiday week, the Pacers open another stretch of four games in five nights Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse against Atlanta (7 p.m., 1070 The Fan). Please note, the game will not be televised.
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    Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Boston
    Celtics 103, Pacers 94
    END RESULT
    Paul Pierce didn't make a basket until nine minutes remained and he quickly made up for lost time. The Celtics' star forward scored 11 points in a decisive 13-4 run that broke an 86-all tie and lifted Boston to a 103-94 victory over the visiting Pacers before 18,624 Tuesday in TD Garden.

    The Pacers led by 15 after a strong first half but were outscored 61-37 in the second and managed just three buckets in the final 6½ minutes.

    IMPACT
    Indiana lost its fourth in a row to fall to 9-18 overall, 3-11 on the road. Indiana also blew a double-digit lead to lose for the seventh time this season, with five of those leads in the second half. The Pacers have dropped 15 of 19 since a 5-3 start that included a victory over the Celtics, who improved to 22-5 with their 13th win in the last 14 games.

    QUOTABLE
  • "I think the positive thing is we’re in games against Orlando on the road, San Antonio on the road, the Celtics on the road without Danny Granger. I tend to take that as a positive." -- Jim O'Brien.
  • "They’re great players, they’re both All-Stars. They have three All-Stars on the court. We don’t have any All-Stars on the court. Sometimes that’s why teams come back." -- O'Brien on Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.
  • "They were a little stagnant coming out in the first half and they knew they were going give us a good shot in the second half. They gave it to us and we weren’t able to respond." -- Troy Murphy.
  • "You’re really not going to score that much against them. We allowed them to get set defensively and they did their job and got stops, and dug it out." -- Dahntay Jones.
  • "Basically all I told them at halftime was that our defense was awful and our effort was awful, and our offense was fine." -- Boston Coach Doc Rivers.
  • "I’ve been in this league long enough to shrug off shooting slumps that really don’t bother me." -- Paul Pierce.

    KEY MOMENTS
    Controlling the first half, the Pacers jumped out to a 21-8 lead as Earl Watson scored 12 in the first quarter. Eddie House heated up for 10 in the second period as the Celtics cut it to 41-38, but the Pacers finished strong with a 16-4 run to take a 57-42 lead into the break. The Pacers made seven 3-pointers in the first half and held the Celtics to 32 percent shooting, including a combined 2-of-12 from Pierce and Ray Allen.

    The Pacers were up 66-54 midway through the third when Allen got hot, scoring nine points in a 13-0 run that gave the Celtics their first lead, 67-66, and it remained tight for the next 10 minutes with five lead changes and five ties.

    Troy Murphy's 3-pointer tied it at 86-86 with 6:40 left but that's where Pierce took over, scoring seven in a row to make it 93-86. Roy Hibbert ended a 3½ minute scoring drought from the post and Murphy drove for another score to make it 93-90 with 2:27 left but Allen hit a jumper and Pierce scored the next four to put it away.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Murphy led the Pacers with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting and a season-high 18 rebounds. Watson scored 18 on 6-of-13 shooting including 3-of-7 from the 3-point line, adding seven rebounds and six assists, but he committed five turnovers and did not score in the second half. Brandon Rush had a strong game off the bench with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-4 from the 3-point line. Roy Hibbert blocked six shots but scored just six points with three rebounds. The Pacers shot .446 overall but committed 22 turnovers that led to 32 Boston points.

    Allen led the Celtics, scoring 15 of his 23 in the second half. Pierce scored 14 of his 21 in the fourth quarter but wound up shooting 4-of-15 from the floor, though he made 12-of-13 from the line, pulled six rebounds and had five steals. Kendrick Perkins was forceful inside with 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Rajon Rondo had 16 points, nine assists and six steals, while House had 10 off the bench. The Celtics shot 38 percent overall but outscored the Pacers 37-18 from the line and committed just 12 turnovers.