Celtics

Final: Celtics 84, Pacers 74 — C’s ride defense to Game 1 win

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The Celtics trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half before activating some of the best defense this team has played all year long, opening up the second half on a 22-3 run and outscoring the Pacers 26-8 in the game-deciding third quarter on their way to a 84-74 win. It was the fewest points scored and allowed by the Celtics all year long, one of the few times this team has used defense all year long to ride their way to a win. Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving tied for a game-high 20 points to help the Celtics overcome 20 turnovers and 36 percent shooting from the field.