Pacers vs Celtics (Game 4)

GAME RECAP: Celtics 110, Pacers 106

Boston sweeps Indiana in the East First Round as Gordon Hayward scores 20 points and grabs three rebounds in the win.

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GAME RECAP: Celtics 110, Pacers 106

Boston sweeps Indiana in the East First Round as Gordon Hayward scores 20 points and grabs three rebounds in the win.
Apr 21, 2019  |  00:00

Turner Posterizes Hayward

April 21, 2019: Myles Turner finishes with a huge dunk over Gordon Hayward.
Apr 21, 2019  |  05:28

Postgame Wrap Up: Pacers-Celtics - April 21, 2019

The Pacers host the Celtics in game 4 of the NBA playoffs but despite the tough effort the Pacers couldn't pull it off in the 4th quarter and fall out of the playoffs with a 110-106 loss.
Apr 21, 2019  |  01:46

Postgame: Pacers Locker Room - April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019 - Pacers players Darren Collison, Thaddeus Young, Wesley Matthews and Domantas Sabonis discussed Indiana's 106-110 loss to the Boston Celtics during Playoff Game 4 Sunday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that ended the 2018-2019 Pacers season.
Apr 21, 2019  |  02:39

Postgame: Myles Turner Game 4 Press Conference - April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019 - Myles Turner spoke with the media following the Pacers' 110-106 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 21, 2019  |  03:28

Postgame: Nate McMillan Game 4 Press Conference - April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan speaks to the media following Indiana's 110-106 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 21, 2019  |  07:00

Evans Uses Euro Step and Lays It In

April 21, 2019: Tyreke Evans uses the euro step and gets the layup to fall in transition.
Apr 21, 2019  |  06:00

Bogey Finishes with Reverse

April 21, 2019: Bojan Bogdanovic drives past Aron Baynes and scoops it up and in.
Apr 21, 2019  |  05:45

Collison Steal Leads to Bogdanovic Flush

April 21, 2019: Darren Collison grabs the loose ball and Bojan Bogdanovic finishes with the flush.
Apr 21, 2019  |  05:12

Turner's Huge Block Leads to Collison Three

April 21, 2019: Myles Turner blocks Boston's Jaylen Brown and Darren Collison cashes in with a three-pointer at the other end.
Apr 21, 2019  |  04:48

Bogey Finishes Strong with the And-One

April 21, 2019: Bojan Bogdanovic drives and finishes with the tough basket and foul.
Apr 21, 2019  |  04:18

Postgame: Kyrie Irving Game 4 Press Conference - April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019 - Celtics guard Kyrie Irving speaks with the media following Boston's 110-106 win over the Pacers in Game 4 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 21, 2019  |  09:43

Postgame: Gordon Hayward Game 4 Press Conference - April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019 - Celtics forward Gordon Hayward discusses Boston's 110-106 win over the Pacers in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 21, 2019  |  08:47

Postgame: Brad Stevens Game 4 Press Conference - April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019 - Celtics head coach Brad Stevens discusses Boston's 110-106 win over the Pacers in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Apr 21, 2019  |  06:09

Game Rewind: Pacers 106, Celtics 110 (Game 4)

Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss

Game Recap

For the fourth straight game, the Indiana Pacers hung tough with the Boston Celtics, leading for much of Sunday's contest at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

But for the fourth straight game, the Celtics out-executed Indiana down the stretch, pulling away in the final minutes for a 110-106 win to sweep their best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 22 points in their final game of the season and Tyreke Evans added 21 with a late flourish, but Indiana struggled once again offensively over crucial stretches.

"They were much more poised than us in all four games down the stretch," Pacers point guard Darren Collison said. "I think that's where it turned. Every single game it was close, but they just managed to stay poised and it just seemed like different guys stepped up at the right time."

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The Celtics opened Game 4 with eight straight points, but the Pacers quickly showed that they had no intentions of going down easy.

Indiana reeled off a 13-0 run, capped by an electrifying sequence where Myles Turner blocked Jaylen Brown at the rim, springing a break that led to a Collison 3-pointer.

The two teams traded blows for the remainder of the opening frame, with the Pacers taking a 23-21 lead into the second quarter.

Boston opened the ensuing frame with a 13-2 run to regain control. The Pacers clawed back with a 10-2 run of their own to remain within striking distance.

The Pacers trailed by five in the closing minutes of the first half, when Turner caught the ball on the wing, pump-faked and drove by Al Horford, then rose up and threw down a thunderous one-handed slam over Gordon Hayward, sending the home crowd and the Pacers' bench into hysterics.

While the Celtics scored on the other end, the moment seemed to spark the Blue & Gold, who fought back and eventually tied the game at 47 on Turner's jumper with 42.7 seconds left in the half, then took a two-point lead into halftime after a pair of Collison free throws in the closing seconds.

The Pacers remained in front for much of the third quarter, but Marcus Morris hit two free throws with 25.1 seconds remaining in the frame to give the visitors a narrow 73-72 advantage heading into the fourth.

The Blue & Gold tied the game on three occasions in the final period before finally moving in front on Evans' layup with 7:31 to play.

Shortly thereafter, an Evans turnover led to a fastbreak for the Celtics. Pacers guard Cory Joseph hustled back to attempt to stop Jayson Tatum's layup attempt, but got there too late, hitting Tatum across the head. After a video review, Joseph was assessed a flagrant-1 foul.

Tatum hit both free throws to give Boston an 83-82 lead with 6:45 remaining. Morris' 3-pointer with 5:08 to play pushed the Celtics' lead to four and then Hayward exacted his revenge on Turner, drawing a foul and converting a three-point play to extend the margin to seven with 4:24 left.

After a pair of Bogdanovic free throws, Hayward drilled a step-back three and then Kyrie Irving stole the ball from Collison, springing a break that led to an easy dunk for Tatum, providing the proverbial nail in the coffin for the 2018-19 Pacers.

A late barrage of 3-pointers made the final score appear slightly closer than it actually was.

"We did enough defensively to win this series," Turner said. "There were times our offense just wasn't flowing like it needed to, our execution wasn't on point. And this late in the season, your execution has to be everything."

Five Pacers finished the game in double figures. Collison contributed 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Domantas Sabonis had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Turner tallied 13 points, seven boards, and two blocks.

Hayward led a balanced Boston attack with 20 points off the bench, while fellow reserve Morris added 18 points and eight rebounds. Tatum also tallied 18 points and eight boards, while Horford stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists. Irving added 14 points and seven dimes.

"They're a deep team," Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. "They showed it tonight. Irving isn't the only player on that roster. He does a lot of things for them. They have solid players on their first unit and their second unit. Those guys stepped up. I felt like they've stepped up throughout this series."

The Celtics will advance to face either top-seeded Milwaukee or eighth-seeded Detroit in the second round. The Bucks have a 3-0 lead in that series and will look to complete their own sweep on Monday night.

Domantas Sabonis

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Inside the Numbers

Even with a late flurry, Indiana shot just 40.9 percent from the field on Sunday.

Evans' 21 points were a new playoff career high. He finished the game 7-for-18 from the field, 3-for-7 from 3-point range, and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Horford recorded his second double-double of the series and the 36th of his postseason career.

Indiana had just 12 turnovers in Game 4 to Boston's 17. The Pacers won the turnover battle in all four games of the series.

The Pacers outscored the Celtics 42-34 in the paint on Sunday.

You Can Quote Me On That

"They got hot. They started making shots. Morris made a shot. Gordon Hayward made a shot. Those guys started making shots. One of the biggest things that we have to do is try to make them miss shots and make them take tough contested shots, and they were making them." -Pacers forward Thaddeus Young

"All season long, and really since we got this group together last season, effort has not been a problem for us. Regardless of who was in uniform, what injuries may occur, our guys came out and gave us everything they have every single day. I've never had to question this team on their effort, and if there's one thing a coach wants is that his players show up every day to play." -McMillan

"I'm going to take some time off and just try to assess my situation. I have big plans coming up this summer. I finished out the season pretty strong for my age and I'm very proud of the way I finished it off. I've led the best way I can these last two years and I'm thankful for being in the situation to do that." -Collison on his offseason plans

"You have to earn it every time you play the Pacers because they play so hard and play so together. You get to the playoffs...you take your foot off the gas at any point in time, you're in trouble. I appreciate the fact that the way our guys play late in games...we execute all the way through." -Celtics head coach Brad Stevens

"It was a scrappy series, defensive series, physical series. Credit the Pacers. They do such a great job on that end of the floor, not giving anybody anything easy. Just proud of our team for fighting. Each game was different." -Hayward

Stat of the Game

The Pacers led by two points with 7:06 remaining, but the Celtics outscored them 18-5 over the next 4:17 to pull away with the win.

Noteworthy

  • All-Star guard Victor Oladipo attended Game 4, his first game back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since suffering a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 23. He sat at the scorer's table and received a standing ovation when he was recognized on the scoreboard in the first quarter.
  • After being in the rotation for the first three games of the series, Pacers forward Doug McDermott did not play in Game 4.
  • Sunday's game was the second straight "Gold Out" at The Fieldhouse and all fans in attendance received a "No Gold Like Our Gold" t-shirt.

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