Final: Celtics 83-81: The Celtics end the game on an 11-0 run, holding the Pacers scoreless for the final 4:36 as Jeff Green scores a layup with 0.5 left for the victory as the Celtics continue to climb up the Eastern standings. More to come.
Fourth quarter, 23.2 Tied at 81: It;s either win or overtime for the Celtics, who have held the Pacers scoreless for more than four minutes and just rebounded a miss by Roy Hibbert and called timeout. Celtics ball.
Fourth quarter, 3:00, Pacers 81-76: George Hill scored 8 points in 61 seconds as the Pacers extended their lead to 9 and the Celtics again are trying to rally.
Fourth quarter, 6:38, Pacers 70-69: Celtics on an 11-2 run as Kevin Garnett continues to defy Father Time and emerge as the Celtics best player. Paul Pierce has 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting and remains on the bench.
Fourth quarter, 8:52, Pacers 70-65: The game has become more intense and the Celtics defense has responded with consecutive stops. But they need to stop fouling, they have 18 personals for the game compared with 12 for Indiana. Kevin Garnett leads Boston with 16 points in just 22 minutes while Paul Pierce has 10 on 3-for-11 shooting. The Pacers have four players in double figures, led by Paul George with 13.
End of third quarter, Pacers 68-58: Ian Mahinmi just hit a fadeaway jumper with 2.9 left off a loose ball to end the quarter, so that should tell you the type of fortunate Indiana has enjoyed tonight. The Pacers are working overtime defensively, with nine steals while the Celtics are shooting just 37.5 percent and 33.3 from the 3-point line. The Celtics need a serious run to begin the final quarter.
Third quarter, 46.9, Pacers 66-58: The Celtics are trying to make a run but they have to be more consistent offensively and stop the Pacers from getting steals. Indiana has nine steals, five of those by Lance Stephenson.
Third quarter, 5:36, Pacers 63-49: It’s not that the Pacers are playing all that well, it’s that the Celtics are just playing poorly, unable to hit shots consistently and allowing players such as Lance Stephenson, who has been stellar on both sides with 10 points and four steals.
Halftime, Pacers 49-42: The Celtics were trailing by 4 with the ball in the final 40 seconds but committed two turnovers that led to 5 Indiana points. Paul Pierce ended the half with a layup as the Celtics are shooting just 18-for-44 from the field. The Celtics are getting testy with the officiating as they have been whistled for 12 personal fouls compared with Indiana’s five. Nine Celtics scored in the first half and DJ White collected two blocks in his Boston debut.
Second quarter, 42.4, Pacers 44-40: Jeff Green has helped the Celtics crawl back into the game with 7 points off the bench but they are still shooting 40 percent. Avery Bradley has begun to knock down the shots and is now 3-for-8 shooting after hitting 10 of his first 12 shots Tuesday. Roy Hibbert already has a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Second quarter, 8:17, Pacers 30-24: The Celtics can’t catch the Pacers because they are missing the same shots they made Tuesday night. They are shooting 34.5 percent and 1 of 4 from the 3-point line. The bench is trying to give them a lift but they are struggling offensively too.
End of first quarter, Pacers 27-19: Indiana ends the quarter on a 7-0 run after forcing three Boston turnovers that led to points. The Celtics are also missing shots that they made last night in Philadelphia. They are 8-for-23 shooting in the period and that’s 5-for-18 without Kevin Garnett, who should re-enter the game to begin the second period.
First quarter, 3:00, Pacers 20-19: Roy Hibbert has been a major problem with 12 of the Indiana points and seven rebounds but he just picked up his second foul and has been replaced by Ian Mahinmi. The Celtics are shooting 44.4 percent from the field (8-for-18) and Kevin Garnett dropped 7 points in 4:05 before leaving for his customary rest.
First quarter, 7:30, Celtics 11-10: There are going to be some issues guarding Roy Hibbert, who already has 6 points, 4 of those on offensive rebound putbacks. Kevin Garnett is out of the game after a solid five minutes where he scored 7 points, including a rare 3-pointer.