Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 114, Pacers 111 – C’s hold on for crucial road victory

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Everything you need to know about the Celtics' 114-111 win over the Pacers with BSJ insight and analysis

Box Score

Celtics barely avert nightmare finish: Wins have not come easy for the Boston Celtics in the past two weeks and the same rang true on Tuesday night in Indiana. The visitors surrendered a 21-2 run midway through the fourth quarter, blowing a 17-point lead in the process before recovering in the final two minutes to hold on for a 114-111 win. Jayson Tatum led the way with 30 points while Gordon Hayward pitched in with 27 points and 10 rebounds to carry the scoring for a Boston starting five that had five players finish in double figures despite missing Jaylen Brown (hamstring).

Victor Oladipo had a team-high 27 points for the hosts, scoring nearly half of them in the fourth quarter comeback for the Pacers before big baskets from Daniel Theis (20 points), Marcus Smart (16 points) and Tatum down the stretch enabled the C’s to rally from a three-point deficit in the final two minutes and secure the needed road win.

The victory pulled Boston within three games of the No. 2 seed with a trip to Milwaukee looming on Thursday.

Another big night for a backcourt scorer: The Celtics have been roasted by the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Caris LaVert, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul in the last two weeks and they found themselves giving up a big night once again to a guard on Tuesday in Oladipo. The former All-Star is still trying to regain his rhythm after returning last month from a lengthy absence following knee surgery but Boston’s backcourt let him go off for 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, keying a huge comeback that fell just short late. Big minutes for the starters combined with Walker playing at less than full strength are clearly taking a toll at Boston’s ability to lockdown elite scorers and it almost cost them another win on Tuesday night.

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