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Indiana found a groove right when it mattered Tuesday night against the Celtics, and it did so via the free-throw line.

The Pacers strung together a 15-4 run over a stretch of more than five minutes to build up a 10-point lead with 2:13 remaining in the game. Six of the first eight points of the run were scored at the free-throw line, where Indiana didn’t miss an attempt during that time.

George Hill, Paul George and Monta Ellis all went 2-for-2 during their trips to the line. Hill got to the line after an offensive rebound and putback attempt, George was fouled on a drive to the basket, and after a turnover by the C’s, Ellis was also hacked on a drive to the rack.

Indiana’s six free throws didn’t seal the game, but they sure seemed to help the Pacers get into a rhythm. Those buckets, as well as a monster slam dunk by Jordan Hill at the 5:42 mark, fueled the start of Indiana’s game-changing run.

The Pacers went on to pull ahead by as many as 11 points before holding on for a 103-98 victory.

Key Player

The Celtics knew Paul George, just 48 hours removed from a seven-point performance in Atlanta, would be motivated Tuesday night. They still couldn’t stop him.

George looked every bit of an All-Star during Indiana’s 103-98 victory. He led the game in both scoring (25 points) and steals (four) and also tied for Indiana’s team lead in rebounds with seven. The swingman rounded out his effort with four assists and a blocked shot.

Brad Stevens said after the game that he was pleased with the way Marcus Smart and Evan Turner defended George, but that it was a credit to George’s ability that he still shot 9-for-16 from the field and nailed two of his three 3-pointers.

Surprisingly, George was the only Indiana starter who finished with a positive plus/minus rating. Indiana outscored Boston by three points during his nearly 35 minutes of action.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Each team's starting power forward stood as the only starters to not reach double-figures in the scoring column.
  • Boston scored 59 points during the second half but still finished the game having hit only 38.3 percent of its shots.
  • Paul George notched a game-high 25 points and also grabbed a game-high four steals.
  • Both teams committed 14 turnovers.
  • The contest featured 15 lead changes and 12 ties.
  • The Celtics scored 23 second-chance points on 9-for-15 shooting.
  • Isaiah Thomas led Boston in scoring with 21 points.
  • George was the only Indiana scorer to finish with a positive plus/minus rating.
  • Jared Sullinger notched another double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
  • Jonas Jerebko led all reserves with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
  • Thomas' eight assists were a game high.
  • Boston attempted 21 more 3-pointers (32) than Indiana (11) but made only three more (eight) than the Pacers (five).
  • Lavoy Allen blocked a game-high three shots, tying Boston's team total.
  • No player in the game attempted more than 18 shots.

Quote of the Night

We can't rely on one person, we just all gotta come together and play hard.

Terry Rozier on how the Celtics can overcome Jae Crowder's absence.

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