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Celtics 92, Pacers 80

Posted by Frank Dell'Apa, Globe Staff  March 16, 2011 07:47 PM

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End of game, Celtics 92-80:The Celtics' bench play allowed the starters to take a fourth-quarter break. Delonte West provided point guard direction and Glen Davis and Troy Murphy inside effectiveness. Paul Pierce finished with 20 points in 27 minutes of playing time and Jeff Green had 19 points in 26 minutes.

Fourth quarter, 2:51, Celtics 88-74:The Pacers pulled within 12 points of the lead on Roy Hibbert's second-chance dunk with :01 on the shot clock. But Nenad Krstic completed a pick-and-roll layup from Delonte West, then Jeff Green blocked a Danny Granger shot, Granger called for a technical foul by official Violet Palmer.

Fourth quarter, 5:52, Celtics 84-68:Glen Davis scored on a drive with a second on the shot clock for a 16-point Celtic edge. The Celtic starters received a long rest in the quarter, Ray Allen and Nenad Krstic returning to the lineup.

Fourth quarter, 8:32, Celtics 80-66: The Celtics' reserves maintained the team's momentum, Delonte West's jumper at the shot-clock buzzer and Troy Murphy's backward dunk compensating for defensive breakdowns.

End of third quarter, Celtics 74-60: Carlos Arroyo's 3-pointer just before the buzzer gave the Celtics a 14-point lead, their biggest advantage of the game. Paul Pierce was the only Celtic starter to play the entire quarter, scoring eight points and finiding Arroyo for the final shot.

Third quarter, 2,56 Celtics 65-58: The Celtics went with their starters for most of the quarter. Jeff Green, who scored 17 first-half points, and Glen Davis entered the lineup late in the quarter.

Third quarter, 5:56, Celtics 61-50: The Celtic starters kept their offensive momentum early in the second half, Ray Allen's three-point play in transition providing an 11-point advantage. Nenad Krstic scored six points in the opening 5:08 of the half.

End of first half, Celtics 47-40: The Celtics led by 13 points on two Kevin Garnett free throws with 2:02 to go in the half. But the Pacers closed the half with a 9-3 run, interrupted by a Paul Pierce 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining. Jeff Green scored 17 points, keeping the Celtics in contention until the starters found a late groove.

Second quarter, 2:35, Celtics 42-31: Ray Allen did not get a field goal attempt until 4:24 remained in the opening half. Then, Allen hit a 3-pointer with 3:33 left off a Paul Pierce pass. Pierce's '3' and another Allen '3' off another Pierce feed capped a 13-2 Celtic run over a 1:33 span.

Second quarter, 5:45, Celtics 26-25: Jeff Green's 3-pointer broke a 23-23 tie, capping an eight-point run.

End of first quarter, Pacers 20-15: The Pacers had the better of the individual matchups in the opening quarter. The Celtic starters struggled to find a rhythm, Ray Allen going eight minutes without a field goal attempt.

First quarter, 1:59, Pacers 17-13: Glen Davis and Jeff Green sparked the Celtics after the Pacers had taken an eight-point lead.

First quarter, 5:20, Pacers 14-7: Paul Pierce and Nenad Krstic got loose for dunks in the opening minute of play, but the Celtics then hit a five-minute-plus drought.

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