The Celtics’ 74 points against the Pacers Friday was their lowest output at TD Garden since March 28, 2010. They shot 39 percent from the field, and the Pacers shot 40 percent.
“Both teams set offense back about 50 years today,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “It was awful to watch.”
Paul Pierce shot 18 percent on 17 attempts, but Rivers didn’t think it was the Pacers’ defense that was bothering him.
“He was human, you know?” Rivers joked. “I thought he tried to do too much off the bounce, especially early. And then I thought he got frustrated a little bit. That’s going to happen.
“Without Ray [Allen] shooting today, we would’ve shot 20%”
Actually, they would’ve shot 35 percent. Allen led all scorers with 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including four 3-pointers after sitting Wednesday.
“I felt fine personally,” Allen said. “The more we move the ball with advance passes, it helps our offense so much better than taking the extra dribble.”
Allen and the Celtics will get plenty more rest, as they’re off until Wednesday’s affair against the Mavericks at TD Garden.
“It will give us a chance to get some good practice time in,” Pierce said. “I haven’t had any practice this year so it’ll be good for me to get back in and refreshed with some of the things we’re doing, add to our playbook, which we haven’t been able to do because of our lack of practice.”
Boston’s 25 points in the first half tied an all-time franchise low, dating back to 1995 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics scored 25 points in the second half of a 1999 matchup against the Bucks.