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Final: Celtics 99, Pacers 88

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  December 19, 2010 01:13 PM

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Final, Celtics 99-88 Celtics grind this one out in workmanlike fashion. Glen Davis lights up the TD Garden with 10 points in the fourth quarter while Paul Pierce finished with 18 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Celtics limit their second-half turnovers and shut down Danny Granger, who finished with 19 points on 5-for-20 shooting.

Fourth quarter, 1:00, Celtics 97-86 Celtics have just executed better down the stretch and appear on their way to a 13th consecutive win. Paul Pierce collects his first triple double since March 8, 2006, and has picked up the slack for the injured Rajon Rondo.

Fourth quarter, 3:48, Celtics 89-81 The Celtics are clinging to a lead against the tough Pacers, who are being led by Roy Hibbert, who has 17 points and 13 rebounds. Paul Pierce has 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists in 33 minutes.

Fourth quarter, 8:12, Celtics 79-72 The Celtics have struggled all afternoon to find offensive cohesiveness but they are on an 8-2 run and are trying to create some distance from the pesky Pacers. Paul Pierce has 16 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds while Nate Robinson has 16 points. Danny Granger has 16 points but it's taken 17 shots to get there.

End of third quarter, Celtics 69-65 This is going to go down to the wire as the Celtics have been unable to pull away from the Pacers, playing one of their sloppier games in recent memory. Nate Robinson has two assists in 31 minutes and Avery Bradley has played four lackluster minutes with two missed free throws.

Third quarter, 2:02, Celtics 63-59 This is turning into an ugly game and every time the Celtics have a chance to create some distance, they make a silly turnover. They have 14 today. Nate Robinson has 16 points but only two assists. Danny Granger leads Indiana with 14.

Third quarter, 5:39, Celtics 62-57 Just when it seems the Celtics are capable of pulling away, the Pacers make a run. They ran off 7 straight points to take a brief lead before a Nate Robinson jumper. The Pacers have attempted 16 more shots than the Celtics and have the edge in rebounding.

Halftime, Celtics 51-48 As expected this has been a battle as the Pacers have taken 50 shots and gotten a combined 22 points from Danny Granger and Darren Collison. Shaquille O'Neal scored 11 points in the first six minutes but hasn't scored since. Paul Pierce has 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Second quarter, 5:42, Tied at 40 The Celtics already have eight turnovers and Indiana is hitting a lot of jump shots. Boston is shooting 57.7 percent from the field and has 12 fastbreak points. Indiana has committed just two turnovers.

Second quarter, 8:27, Celtics 34-33 Indiana begins the second quarter with an 8-0 run, including consecutive 3-pointers by Mike Dunleavy Jr. Now the Celtics are in a game. Dunleavy has 8 points in seven minutes.

End of first quarter, Celtics 30-23 Celtics end the quarter on a 9-2 run and have played a solid game so far defensively. Indiana shot 40 percent, despite 8 points from Roy Hibbert. Shaquille O'Neal scored 11 in six minutes while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have 6.

First quarter, 2:33, Tied at 21 While the Celtics raced off to an 8-point lead, the Pacers remained steady and have chipped away behind Roy Hibbert, who already has 8 points and six rebounds. The Pacers have attempted seven more shots than the Celtics and Shaquille O'Neal (11 points) is on the bench.

First quarter, 5:54, Celtics 17-11 Shaquille O'Neal has been the start, already scoring 11 points in six minutes while the rest of the Celtics have made sure the big man gets the ball. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each have two assists while Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison each have 4 points for Indiana.

First quarter, 8:02, Celtics 12-7 The Celtics have responded with a strong start despite the early afternoon tip. Shaquille O'Neal, playing for the first time since Dec. 8, has scored 6 points and has been an emphasis on offense.

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