Celtics make Pacers pay
Terry Rozier stole a deflected pass resulting in a game-winning dunk, as the Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 112-111 Monday evening at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Leading the way for the visitors was Kyrie Irving, with the 25-year old point guard from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia scoring a team high 30 points while passing out four assists and grabbing a single rebound for the game.
The Celtics pulled a proverbial one out of their hat, with the Pacers only needing to inbound the ball safely to force Boston to foul. That would have sent Indiana to the line to extend the lead however it was not to be as Rozier swooped in and dunked emphatically.
The visitors continue to have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 26-7 and the Celtics have now won two straight games while winning seven of their last ten contests.
Boston went on a 10-4 run to finish the game to pull off the comeback victory over the young Pacers. The Celtics started the game on fire, with Boston hitting their first 10 shots of the contest and leading by as much as 18 points during the first quarter.
Indiana is currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, with the hosts sporting a record of 17-14 on the year.
Leading the way in defeat for the Pacers was Victor Oladipo, as the 25-year old shooting guard from Silver Springs, Maryland scored a game high 38 points while pulling down five rebounds and dishing out an assist.
Were their any doubt, Indiana has come out ahead in the deal that sent Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Oladipo has very much found his home.
The Celtics are 51.00 to win the NBA Championship.
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