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Avery Bradley had the hot hand during the closing minutes of Wednesday night’s contest in Indiana, but he came up just short when it mattered most.

The Celtics faced a 100-98 deficit and had the final possession in their hands, with the opportunity to tie or win. Bradley, who had 21 points to that moment and had just single-handedly erased a five-point deficit over a 26-second span, went for the gold.

With the clock winding down, Isaiah Thomas drove to the basket as Indiana's defense collapsed around him, and kicked it out to AB. Bradley then pump-faked Paul George on the left wing, but George Hill came flying over to contest his shot. His attempt grazed off the front of the rim and the Pacers collected the rebound as time was expiring.

A minute and a half earlier, the C’s had been trailing 98-93, but Bradley gave them a boost with a 3-pointer and a step-back jumper on consecutive possessions to tie the game, before Monta Ellis sunk a pair of free throws for the Pacers.

Bradley was clearly feeling the momentum at that point, and with the final seconds rolling down, you can’t blame him for wanting that last shot.

Key Player

Isaiah Thomas made his first regular season start in a Celtics uniform Wednesday night, and made it count with a game-high 27-point effort.

With Marcus Smart sidelined because of a sprained toe, coach Brad Stevens gave the starting point guard nod to his reliable sixth man. The interesting timeliness of Thomas’ scoring was right in line with what we’d expect of him coming off the bench.

The 5-foot-9 guard was limited to two points during the first frame, but turned it on with a scorching 14-point second quarter effort.

He cooled off for another two points during the third, but then took off again with a nine-point fourth quarter.

Thomas shot 9-of-19 during the game, including 4-of-7 from long range. It's a promising sign for him, after shooting a combined 3-of-15 from deep during the first three games of the season. Thomas also added a team-high seven assists, two steals, and made all five of his free throw attempts.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Avery Bradley scored 10 of Boston's 16 points during the first quarter.
  • All 12 of Boston's active players had entered the game by the 16-minute mark.
  • Indiana had a 53-49 rebounding edge over the Celtics.
  • Isaiah Thomas notched a game high of 27 points and a team-high seven assists, which were identical to his opening night numbers in those departments.
  • The C's scored 28 points in the paint, to Indiana's 26.
  • Boston rookie Terry Rozier corralled five rebounds during just six-plus minutes of play.
  • Jared Sullinger and Lavoy Allen led their respective teams with 11 rebounds apiece.
  • Boston held a sizable 14-4 fast break advantage.
  • The Pacers had two players with double-doubles: Paul George (26 points, 10 rebounds) and Jordan Hill (16 points, 10 rebounds).
  • George Hill led the game with three steals. Boston had three players who tallied two steals.
  • The C's shot 42.2 percent on the night, to Indiana's 38.5 percent.
  • The two teams attempted a combined 50 3-pointers. Boston made 10-of-27, while the Pacers made 8-of-23.
  • Five Celtics and five Pacers finished the game with double-digit scoring efforts.

Quote of the Night

The best thing about tonight for me, is during the second half we started to look like a basketball team.

Brad Stevens on Boston's offensive performance.

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