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Celtics hang on to down Pacers, 101-98, despite key loss of Marcus Smart

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Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics picked up their second win of the season Friday night against the Indiana Pacers, snapping a three game losing streak in the process.

The first quarter was very much a back and forth affair as both the Celtics and Pacers managed to score on back-to-back possessions just four and three times, respectively.

From there Boston took control for the majority of the second quarter, using runs of 8-2 and 11-4 to build their lead to as many as 13 points. But with about three or four minutes to go in the half, Indiana responded with a 10-0 run of their own to cut the deficit down to just three heading into the half.

Frank Vogel's club remained hot after the halftime break, beginning the third period with a 7-0 run which, between the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters, totaled 17 unanswered points for the Pacers. Boston remained stagnant for much of the quarter and committed five turnovers after having a reasonably clean first half. Nevertheless, the Cs found themselves down just two, 75-73, heading into the final frame.

The Celtics were able to take the lead back early on in the fourth but with about the 10 minute mark the tone of the game took a turn for the worst. Rookie point guard Marcus Smart rolled his ankle horrifically after landing on an Indiana player's foot following a fast break layup attempt. The replay showed Smart's ankle rolled nearly 90 degrees and it was quickly decided by the Celtics training staff and team doctors that he would need a stretcher to be brought back to the locker room.

In true Celtics fashion, though, Boston rallied behind Smart following his injury and managed to eke out a 101-98 win.

*There has been no official report on the extent of Marcus Smart's ankle injury. Abby Chin reported during the broadcast that he was still in the building getting x-rays and that team doctors were awaiting the results. He will also be getting an MRI at some point tonight. Perhaps it's a good sign that Smart wasn't immediately taken to the hospital but we won't know for sure until the team makes an announcement. Stay with CelticsBlog and follow me on Twitter for updates.