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Celtics Outlast Pacers

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The Indiana Pacers gave the Celtics all they could handle, but the Celtics ultimately prevailed for their 13th straight victory, 99-88.

  • The C's carried a slim 69-65 edge into the fourth quarter and only assumed control of things with roughly four minutes to go. The C's went on a short 8-2 run to assume a 93-83 lead with 2:25 to play and rode things out from there.
  • Paul Pierce, Glen Davis, and Ray Allen all came up with important buckets in the final frame. Pierce scored 8 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, Allen added six of his 17 and Davis contributed 10 of his 18.
  • Pierce messed around and finished with a triple-double, posting 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists, while adding four steals for good measure. It was the first time in Pierce's career he's posted back-to-back games with 10+ assists. He also added one block, which was highlight worthy, as he chased down and rejected a Darren Collison layup attempt from behind with just over a minute left in the second quarter.
  • The Celtics led 30-23 at the end of the first quarter, but Indiana crawled back into things with a 12-2 run early in the second frame. Boston was forced, due to various injuries, to put a lineup of Avery Bradley, Von Wafer, Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis, and Semih Erden on the floor to start the second. Most likely not Doc Rivers's first choice for a second unit. He quickly inserted Shaquille O'Neal and Nate Robinson back in.
  • Shaq returned and posted 11 points and five rebounds. All of Shaq's points came in the opening frame. Did we all see that incredible Pierce-Shaq alley-oop in the first frame that almost killed Jeff Foster? Ridiculous. Indiana took 20 more shots than the Celtics, and held a 16-4 edge on the offensive glass (Probably due to all of the extra shot attempts. Boston never places a heavy emphasis on offensive rebounding, though). Fortunately the Celtics held a 40-27 edge in defensive rebounds.
  • Nate Robinson had another strong offensive showing as he finished with 18 points, starting once again in place of the injured Rajon Rondo.
  • The Celtics outscored Indiana in the paint, 40-30.