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GAME RECAP: Celtics 114, Pacers 112

Kyrie Irving scores 30 points as the Celtics get over the Pacers 114-112.

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GAME RECAP: Celtics 114, Pacers 112

Kyrie Irving scores 30 points as the Celtics get over the Pacers 114-112.
Mar 29, 2019  |  00:00

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - Mar. 29, 2019

March 29, 2019 - After a tough loss to the Celtics, Nate McMillan, Darren Collison and Thad Young shared their thoughts.
Mar 29, 2019  |  01:59

Pacers Don't Quit

March 29, 2019: The Pacers outhustle the Celtics, leading to a Thaddeus Young layup.
Mar 29, 2019  |  04:15

DC With the Clutch Three

March 29, 2019: Darren Collison hits the clutch three late in the 4th quarter.
Mar 29, 2019  |  03:59

Leaf With the Unique Tip-In

March 29, 2019: Tyreke Evans' 3-pointer misses high off the rim, and TJ Leaf reaches for the tip-in.
Mar 29, 2019  |  03:58

Pacers Run Fastbreak to Perfection, Bogey Hits the 3-Pointer

March 29, 2019: Darren Collison get out on the run and perfectly times the pass to Bojan Bogdanovic, who hits the three.
Mar 29, 2019  |  03:55

Bogey Finds Myles For Three

March 29, 2019: Bojan Bogdanovic gets the pass off to Myles Turner for the 3-pointer.
Mar 29, 2019  |  03:41

Bojan Hits the Stepback Corner Three

March 29, 2019: The Pacers scramble for the offensive rebound and get some second-chance points when Bojan Bogdanovic hits the tough stepback corner three.
Mar 29, 2019  |  03:34

Leaf's Pure from the Top of the Key

March 29, 2019: Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics - Highlights
Mar 29, 2019  |  03:10

Sabonis With the Nice Assist to McDermott

March 29, 2019: Domantas Sabonis shows nice touch on the pass to Doug McDermott, who hits the tough layup.
Mar 29, 2019  |  02:41

Leaf Hits the Last-Second Putback

March 29, 2019: TJ Leaf sticks with the play and hits the putback as the first quarter expires.
Mar 29, 2019  |  02:25

Evans Hits the Trailing Turner for Three

March 29, 2019: Tyreke Evans brings the ball up the floor and drops it off to the trailing Myles Turner, who swishes the 3-pointer.
Mar 29, 2019  |  02:05

Evans Drills the Open Three

March 29, 2019: Bojan Bogdanovic drives, collapses the defense, and gets it to Tyreke Evans for the wide-open three.
Mar 29, 2019  |  01:50

Game Rewind: Pacers 112, Celtics 114

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM ET at TD Garden
by Kyle Grand





Game Rewind

In what was likely a preview of the playoffs, the Pacers fell to the Celtics 114-112 in Boston.

Friday night's game was an exciting one, and it came down to the final moments. Trailing 112-110, an incredible hustle play tied the game for Indiana.

Bojan Bogdanovic dove for a loose ball near half court, got it to Darren Collison and with his back to the basket, Thad Young caught Collison's alley-oop pass and somehow laid it in to tie the game at 112 with 1:19 to play.

After a miss from each team and then a Boston turnover, Collison had a chance to give Indiana the lead but missed a mid-range jumper. With 10.2 seconds left, the Celtics put the ball in the hands of Kyrie Irving, and he scored the game-winning layup with .5 on the clock.

“Kyrie (Irving) just made a good move, great hesitation," Collison said. "He made a good move.”

On Indiana's last effort, the inbounds pass was tipped, and the Pacers weren't able to get a potentially game-winning shot off. Tonight's result gave the two teams the same overall record, but allowed the Celtics to move into the No. 4 seed in the East because they now lead the season series with Indiana, 2-1.

Tonight's game was a back-and-forth battle throughout. The Celtics struck first, jumping out to a 9-1 lead, which eventually turned into a 20-9 advantage with 6:08 left in the opening quarter. Boston would lead by as much as 12 in the first, but at the end of the quarter Indiana trailed by 10, 35-25.

In the second, T.J. Leaf provided a spark for the visitors. Behind Leaf's 10 points, Indiana battled back and retook the lead, 41-40, at the 7:59 mark. The lead wouldn't last long though, as Boston ran off eight straight to take a seven-point lead with 6:59 to go in the first half.

The Pacers used a late spurt, scoring the quarter's last five points, to get within three, 63-60, before heading into the locker room.

Boston went on a run to start the third, pushing its lead back up to 11, 75-64, with 8:57 to go in the quarter. But the Pacers responded, tying things up at 80. They eventually retook the lead with 3:29 remaining, and after a back-and-forth final three minutes, held on to a two-point advantage, 91-89, heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, Indiana led 99-98 with 7:48 to play. A 7-0 Celtics run gave them a 105-99 lead. The Pacers fired back with six straight to tie the game at 105 with 4:00 left, setting up the nail-biting finish.

"We gave ourselves a chance, we came in played and played our hearts out," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. "But, we got to really put this behind us and get ourselves ready for Orlando tomorrow night.”

Bogdanovic finished with a team high 27 points. Thad Young added 18, and Myles Turner had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Kyrie Irving led the way for Boston with 30 points. Al Horford scored 19, and Jaylen Brown added 16 off the bench.

Inside The Numbers

T.J. Leaf scored 12 points off the bench, the most he's scored since he scored 18 on February 28.

Myles Turner now has 16 double-doubles this year, a new career high.

Stat of the Night

The Celtics lead the season series 2-1. The two teams now have the same overall record, but Boston jumps into the fourth seed courtesy of owning the season series lead. They will finish out their season series on April 5 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Yeah, I mean just a couple baskets away. I missed a key layup in the game, and I take full responsibility, but you know it is tough loss to take at this point in the season." - Pacers forward Thad Young

“Yeah, I’m pleased with our guys’ effort. We didn’t get off to a good start, but we kept fighting." - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan

“It’s important. It was a really good win for us, especially here at home. It feels good.” - Celtics center Al Horford

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers have lost their last 10 road games.
  • Indiana has been almost flawless when scoring 110 or more points, but after tonight, it is now 28-3 when it reaches 110 or more.

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