Celtics

Final: Celtics 110, Pacers 106 — Bench keys Celtics sweep

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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 a 18-5 run to take their fourth straight game.

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). This is the first series sweep in the Brad Stevens era for Boston and the first for the franchise since the first round in 2011.

Boston will now get a full week off of rest before facing off with the Bucks in the second round, a series that could start as soon as next Saturday or Sunday in Milwaukee.

First Half Notes