The Boston Celtics drop to 12-17 on the season after being defeated by the Indiana Pacers, 106-79. This is Boston's third loss in a row as they failed to get anything going offensively against Indiana's stout defense.
Jared Sullinger has been terrific this past week, but he failed to get anything going against Roy Hibbert and David West. Sully finished with only 6 points, 2 rebounds, 3 fouls, and 2 turnovers. Avery Bradley got off to his usual fast start for the C's, with 9 points in the first period, but he finished with only 13. This, in a sense, represents how the game went for the Celtics, since they competed hard in the first quarter before being dominated in the middle two periods of the game.
Indiana was led by Hibbert, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Paul George, who had 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Late in the game, Indiana head coach Frank Vogel allowed Lance Stephenson to stay in the game to complete his triple-double. He finished 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
If the Toronto Raptors win tonight, the Celtics will lose their first place spot in the Atlantic Division. In any case, Boston will have a long time to recover from their third loss in a row, since they don't play until this Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.