Late run by Celtics earns win on road vs. Pacers

Courtney Lee goes strong to the rim Wednesday night in Indiana.
Courtney Lee goes strong to the rim Wednesday night in Indiana.

The Pacers (38-23) would pull away, and then the Celtics (33-27) would claw back. This happened on repeat for the better part of three quarters. It wasn’t until the very last shot of the game that Boston took its first lead since early in the first quarter. Kevin Garnett found an open Jeff Green under the hoop after a beautifully executed play call by Doc Rivers out of a timeout.

The Celtics beat the Pacers Wednesday night – the second night of a road back-to-back – 83-81, their fourth straight win. Boston scored the game’s final 11 points, having trailed the Pacers 81-72 with 4:35 left in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Pierce added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Jeff Green added 11 points – including two huge ones – and seven rebounds off the bench.

What they’ll be saying: The Celtics had no business winning this game. But they’ve had no business winning any games without Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger on the court. But like the other 12 wins Boston has racked up since Rondo’s injury, they found a way in Indianapolis for what could be their biggest win of the year.

“We’re talking about the second best team in the Eastern Conference on their home court in a back-to-back situation,” Pierce told CSNNE’s Greg Dickerson before leaving the court. “This team has just shown tremendous heart, tremendous resiliency, and the way we won we just stuck with it. We were down pretty much the whole game, and just finally got the lead. Jeff [Green] with a sensational layup. Great execution down the stretch.”

The Celtics had ball and called a timeout with just under 24 seconds left in the game. It was clear Boston wasn’t going to allow for any time on the clock when they drained it all the way down to nine seconds before getting into their play. That’s when it all worked out to plan.

“The play was the first look was to Jeff,” Pierce said. “Obviously I had the back pick on him. If that wasn’t there I was going to come off with the handoff with Kevin, but that just shows you that when you pay attention to the little details, that small plays, all the little things that you do result in the big things. And it did tonight.”

It looked early on that Roy Hibbert was going to have his way with the Celtics all night. His 12 points and 10 rebounds at halftime was a glaring weakness for the Celtics. But the second half was a 180-degree change. Hibbert was completely shut down on offense, scoring zero points, and recorded just two rebounds in the final 24 minutes of action.

It’s that change in defensive effort by the Celtics that kept them in the game and allowed them to make a run in the end. It also shows the type of character and determination the C’s have to steal a win.

“We’re going to need a total team effort each and every night,” Pierce said. “Gutsy win, man. This is one of the best wins of the year. Hopefully this can propel us the rest of the year going into the playoffs. Huge.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.

Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

Movies

Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Movies

Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

MLB

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…