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GAME RECAP: Celtics 117, Pacers 97

Jayson Tatum scores 22 points with seven rebounds, Gordon Hayward adds 21 as Boston takes Indiana, 117-97.

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GAME RECAP: Celtics 117, Pacers 97

Jayson Tatum scores 22 points with seven rebounds, Gordon Hayward adds 21 as Boston takes Indiana, 117-97.
Apr 5, 2019  |  00:00

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019 - Pacers players Doug McDermott, Myles Turner, and Thaddeus Young discussed Indiana's 117-97 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 5, 2019  |  01:51

Postgame: McMillan Press Conference - April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019 - Nate McMillan speaks with the media following Indiana's 117-97 loss to the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 5, 2019  |  03:21

Myles Swats Irving

April 05, 2019: Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 5, 2019  |  02:38

Joseph Takes Advantage Of The Mismatch

April 05, 2019: Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 5, 2019  |  02:38

Turner Hits From Top Of Key

April 05, 2019: Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 5, 2019  |  02:01

Bogey Cuts Hard To Basket

April 05, 2019: Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 5, 2019  |  01:50

Holiday Knocks Down Three

April 05, 2019: Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 5, 2019  |  01:54

Cory's Steal Transitions To Sabonis Dunk

April 05, 2019: Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 5, 2019  |  01:25

CoJo Creates Opportunity For Thad

April 05, 2019: Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers - Highlights
Apr 5, 2019  |  01:37

Game Rewind: Pacers 97, Celtics 117

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport





Game Recap

In a matchup between two teams likely to meet in the playoffs, the Pacers were unable to slow the sharpshooting Celtics, who scorched the nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse en route to a 117-97 win over Indiana on Friday night.

After the Pacers were able to win the opening quarter, the Celtics had the upper hand in the next two, outscoring Indiana 67-47 to take a sizable 17-point lead into the fourth quarter. From there, the Celtics closed out the game without issue, giving Boston the inside track towards capturing the fourth seed in the postseason.

"They won the game. They were more physical, they were faster, they were stronger," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. "They pretty much dominated the game."

With a 48-32 record, Boston now sits one game ahead of the Pacers (47-33) in the standings with two games remaining. Indiana's only shot at moving back into the fourth seed would be winning their final two games with Boston losing both.

The Celtics weren't particularly dialed in from distance, where they shot just 7-of-27, but seemed to be locked in from everywhere else, finishing the night shooting 52.2 percent from the field.

Boston was led offensively by second-year forward Jayson Tatum, who connected on 9-of-19 shots for 22 points. Coming off the bench, former Butler standout Gordon Hayward was flawless, making all nine of his shots for a 21-point evening.

The Pacers, still without starting point guard Darren Collison (sore groin), struggled shooting all night, ending the game shooting 41.8 percent as a team.

Myles Turner led the Blue & Gold in scoring with 15 points, with Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans each chipping in 12 off the bench.

"We’re going to put this game behind us as fast as we can, have a good day of practice tomorrow and continue to try and get better," said McDermott, who scored 11 points. "We feel like we can play with anyone in this league."

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The Celtics started the game out in front, taking an early 10-3 lead over the Pacers thanks to a 3-pointer from Irving. the Pacers managed to close the quarter strong, as Sabonis scored eight of Indiana's 11 points to close the frame, giving the Pacers a 27-24 lead after one.

Boston had the hot hand to begin the second quarter, opening up with seven unanswered points to retake the lead from Indiana. With Indiana in the penalty, the Celtics started to do their damage at the free-throw line, extending their lead to 48-40 on a pair of makes from Jayson Tatum.

Despite a quick Pacers run to narrow the deficit, a late pair of buckets from Al Horford and Hayward closed the half strong for the Celtics, with Boston leading 58-47.

The Celtics continued to control the game out of the halftime locker room, pushing their lead to as much as 15 when Gordon Hayward converted on a layup, forcing a Pacers timeout with 3:32 remaining in the third.

The timeout did little to slowdown the Celtics, however, as Boston closed the quarter strong, leading 91-74.

In the fourth, Indiana's offense still struggled to find anything, scoring just seven points over the first six minutes of the quarter as Boston's lead ballooned into the twenties.

From there, the Celtics were able to close out the game, with the reserves for both teams finishing things out.

"We can’t play against the Celtics on Sunday and we can’t play against them on Wednesday, unfortunately," said Wesley Matthews after the tough loss. "So, we have to get our minds back to get ready for Brooklyn and get ready for Atlanta. They pose different threats, different challenges, which could help us."

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers shots the ball well from long range, making 10-of-23 3-pointers.

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward came off the bench to score 21 points on 9-of-9 shooting.

Both teams had just 11 turnovers.

You Can Quote Me On That

"They make you work. They’re long, they’re athletic, they’re physical. We missed some shots and some of those were at the rim; but they made us work. We’ve got to do a better job of trying to screen these guys and get free. A lot of it was taking the ball out of the net and playing a set defense. We weren’t getting a lot of stops. When you’re not getting stops and you’re playing against a set defense like that, it’s going to be tough to score." -Pacers head coach Nate McMillan

"I thought their bench did a really good job, came in and outplayed us. I think we just have to be more connected out there, not worry so much about the offense and tighten up defensively. They were getting wherever they wanted." -Doug McDermott

"(Gordon Hayward is) playing really well. He’s obviously attacking with great physicality because that’s what he does. He’s still not forcing anything that’s not there. There were a couple of times where he could have forced it, he just kicked it out and let the next guy make the play, which is the right play. It’s good that he’s playing this way. He feels good." -Celtics head coach Brad Stevens

Stat of the Night

After outscoring the Celtics 27-24 in the first quarter, Boston outscored Indiana 93-70 over the rest of the game.

Noteworthy

  • The Celtics lead the all-time series 98-79 and have now won three in a row against Indiana.
  • Darren Collison has now missed the last three games with a sore groin.
  • Four players scored in double figures off the bench for the Pacers (Sabonis, McDermott, Holiday, and Evans).

Project 44 Awareness Night

The Pacers have teamed up with the Boston Celtics for Project 44 Awareness Night. Project 44 was created in honor of the late Andrew Smith, who wore the #44 during Butler's back-to-back NCAA Finals run in 2010 and '11. Project 44's Mission is to save lives through bone marrow donation. Text 'ANDREW' to 38470 to join the registry or visit Project44.org.

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