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Final: Pacers 107, Celtics 100

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  March 28, 2011 07:07 PM

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Final, Pacers 107-100: Even a decent fourth quarter would have won this game for the Celtics, but they were flat, tired and slow down the stretch and they missed free throws to allow Indiana to rally and the Pacers had just enough offense to pull away. They were 12 for 18 in the quarter and Roy Hibbert finished with 26 points and A.J. Price a key 15 off the bench.

Fourth quarter, 16.9, Pacers 107-100: The Celtics have nothing left tonight. They are 4 of 13 from the field in the quarter and missed five free throws, which loom very large right now. The turning point was a Darren Collison steal of a bad pass for a dunk and a 6-point lead. Celtics could never respond after that.

Fourth quarter, 34.4, Pacers 106-100: The Celtics are in a meltdown and if they don't pull off a miracle in the next 34 seconds, this will go down as a painful loss. As usual, the Celtics have fallen apart in the fourth quarter, getting outscored 25-15 and they have missed five free throws and eight shots in the period. Celtics did the right things by getting to the line, but left five points on the board with the missed free throws.

Fourth quarter, 4:34, Pacers 100-94: Big trouble now for the Celtics, who have allowed a 6-0 run sparked by Darren Collison, who canned a jumper and just stole the ball from Rajon Rondo for a breakaway, double-pump dunk. Celtics offense has been stagnant in the quarter and they need Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to step up.

Fourth quarter, 5:47, Pacers 94-93: Danny Granger has become a factor with five of Indiana's last nine points, but the Pacers aren't scoring with easy as they did in the first half. They are scoring with the shot clock winding down off one-on-one plays. Indiana is 6 of 8 from the field in the quarter and the Celtics are 2 for 6. The Celtics have missed a couple of easy shots that haven't helped their cause.

Fourth quarter, 8:46, Pacers 90-89: The teams were trading scores until Danny Granger hit a big 3-pointer to cut the lead to one and after a Celtics turnover, Jeff Foster gave Indiana the lead with a layup. A.J. Price has 15 points off the bench for Indiana while Rajon Rondo has 22 and seven assists for Boston.

End of third quarter, Celtics 85-81: Celtics played a great defense quarter but the Pacers scored 24 points off broken plays, free throws and a couple of one-on-one plays. Indiana was 8 for 22 (36 percent) in the quarter but Nenad Krstic has five fouls and Kevin Garnett has four. Rajon Rondo leads the Celtics with 22 points and Paul Pierce has 20.

Third quarter, 2:43, Celtics 79-75: Celtics on a 22-8 run with stifling defense that has taken Roy Hibbert out of his comfort zone. The Celtics are playing mad, which is good, and Paul Pierce has drained a 3-pointer and made two free throws during the run.

Third quarter, 6:22, Pacers 69-65: The defense has vastly improved for Boston but the Pacers have turned three loose balls into eight points, a 3-pointer by Danny Granger, a three-point play by Roy Hibbert and a layup from Tyler Hansbrough. The Pacers are 5 of 12 in the quarter while the Celtics are 6 of 7.

Halftime, Pacers 57-49: A terrible second quarter by the Celtics, who were outscored 30-16 and allowed Roy Hibbert and A.J. Price to take control of the game. Price scored nine points in the quarter and Hibbert added six while the Celtics were 7 for 16 from the field but attempted just two free throws in the period. Celtics have a lot of work to do to rally in this one.

Second quarter, 44.7, Pacers 55-49: Roy Hibbert with 19 points is the story of this game. With Kevin Garnett and Nenad Krstic each with three fouls, Hibbert is being defended by Glen Davis and Jeff Green. Some major adjustments need to be made at halftime because Hibbert could score 40 if the Celtics don't watch out.

Second quarter, 2:29, Pacers 50-45: The Celtics can't stop A.J. Price and Roy Hibberts, who have a combined 28 points on 12-for-15 shooting. The rest of the Pacers are 7 of 19. Indiana has also hit four 3-pointers in the quarter and have zero team fouls to Boston's four. The Celtics have been whistled for 10 fouls to Indiana's three.

Second quarter, 5:51, Pacers 42-39: Kevin Garnett just picked up his third foul and the Celtics have been outscored 15-6 in the quarter, experiencing a similar breakdown to last night in Minnesota. The Pacers aren't playing great defense, the Celtics are just missing shots. And the Pacers have drained three 3-pointers in the quarter.

Second quarter, 7:57, Pacers 37-35: The Celtics offense went cold and the Pacers ran off 11 straight points to take the lead, sparked by backup point guard A.J. Price who is winning his matchup with Delonte West. The Celtics are 1-of-5 shooting in the quarter for two points in the first four minutes.

End of first quarter, Celtics 33-27: The defense slips later in the quarter and the Celtics had no answer for Roy Hibbert, who has 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting. The Pacers shot 55 percent in the quarter and the Celtics should have a bigger lead after hitting 13 of 18 shots.

First quarter, 4:40, Celtics 22-15: Celtics have hit nine of their first 12 shots and Rajon Rondo looks like the Rondo of old with 12 points and two assists in eight minutes. Paul Pierce has five points as the Celtics are playing with more energy than the stunned Pacers.

First quarter, 7:15, Celtics 14-10: After being ruled out by Doc Rivers before the game, Rajon Rondo is in the starting lineup and has eight for Boston's points on 4-for-4 shooting. Paul Pierce has added a 3-pointer. Roy Hibbert has six for Indiana.

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