Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 110, Pacers 106 – C’s clinch first series sweep since 2011

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics' 100-96 win over the Pacers with BSJ insight and analysis

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Hayward and bench carry Celtics to sweep: It wasn't always pretty for the fourth straight game, but the Celtics got a big boost from their bench down the stretch in Game 4 to close out the Pacers with a 110-106 win, advancing to the second round with a 4-0 series win. Gordon Hayward had a team-high 20 points off the bench to lead seven different Celtics in double figures, helping the C's seize control in the fourth quarter with an 18-5 run to take their fourth straight game against the Pacers. Hayward, Marcus Morris (18 points) and Terry Rozier (11 points) combined for 49 points on 18-of-26 FG off the Celtics bench, which helped the visitors overcome a brutal shooting night for Kyrie Irving and Al Horford (8-of-32 combined from the field) and seal the series win.

First series sweep since 2011: The 4-0 series win was just the second four-game series sweep for Boston in the last 32 years and first one of the Brad Stevens era. The last time they did it came in the first round in 2011 (against the Knicks) before bowing out to the Heat in five in the second round. The Bucks likely loom as a second-round opponent as they have a chance to close out the Pistons on Monday night in Detroit with a commanding 3-0 series lead. Even if they win that one, the Eastern Conference Semifinals will start no earlier than Saturday, giving plenty of time for both teams to strategize ahead of one of the most anticipated matchups of the postseason.

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