The Celtics were in grave danger of falling to 1-3 on the season before Jayson Tatum and Payton Pritchard came to the rescue in the fourth quarter. Tatum led a second unit that erased a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter thanks to a 26-6 run to start the frame, allowing Boston to fight back for a 116-111 win against the previously undefeated Pacers. Tatum had a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds while Jaylen Brown added 20 points but the star of the show in the final frame was Pritchard who posted 10 points along with a career-high 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Tristan Thompson also posted his first double-double as a member of the Celtic (14 points, 10 rebounds) to help Boston overcome another hot shooting night by the Pacers over the first three quarters (Indiana shot 51 percent from the field). Malcolm Brogdon had a team-high 24 points for the Pacers who had six players finish in double figures and fell to 3-1 on the year.
The Celtics improved to 2-2 with the victory with a back-to-back looming in Boston on Wednesday against a Grizzlies team missing Ja Morant (sprained ankle).