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Pacers vs. Celtics – NBA Game Recap – Dec 21, 2022

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Boston – – Therese Halliburton Scored 33 points and Indiana Pacers He opened a 30-point lead in the first half before stopping the run Boston Celtics 117-112 Wednesday night.

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Former Celtics player Aaron Nesmith got 15 points, Chris Duarte 14 and added Miles Turner He had 10 to help the Pacers win for only the second time in six games.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said, “We definitely knew they were going to come out in the second half and put everything on a furious run, and they did. I was really proud of how solid we went in a tough game. We stretched. We found ways to stop and get the ball in the basket.” .

Jason Tatum Boston led with 41 points after missing a game for personal reasons, while the rule Marcus Smart Sat with a non-COVID illness.

Jaylen Brown Boston added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Malcolm Brogdon He scored 18 points. On top of the NBA a week ago, the Celtics are down five of six.

“It’s all about effort,” said Brogdon. “Not much really. We didn’t really get the execution. You’re talking about the execution in the first half, we didn’t need that. We didn’t play hard enough to get the execution. We understood it was about effort. I think we responded in the second half.”

After losing their losing streak at home to Orlando, the Celtics trailed by 30 points late in the second quarter before Tatum pulled them back.

Indiana led 71-43 at the half, and the Celtics stormed off the field to a scattering of boos from the fans at the TD Garden.

“We didn’t play with a great sense of urgency, we didn’t play with awareness and we didn’t play with a sense of detail,” said Boston interim coach Joe Mazzola.

Tatum’s 3-pointer from right wing cut Boston’s deficit to seven points midway through the last quarter.

The Browns then made it 3-111-106 a few minutes later, but Haliburton answered it with a triple from the top on the next drive downfield and the Pacers sealed the win.

“Therese is a fantastic player,” said Carlisle. “There’s a lot of talk now about all-stars and who’s going to be in and who won’t be. Tyrese Halliburton is our star. In less than a year, he’s completely changed the trajectory of our franchise.”

The Pacers led by 19 points at the end of the first quarter and used an 11-0 lead halfway into the second, taking a 59-30 lead before Nesmith 3 from the left corner gave them their first of 30-point lead late in the second half. opening half.

“It means a lot to me to take what I learned from them and use it against them,” said Nesmith. “Just the little things every day; not on the floor, but how on the floor they prepare.”

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Duarte swooped in a lopsided 3-pointer from deep on the left wing as the third quarter whistle sounded, giving the Pacers a 100-85 lead.

Tip-ins

Pacers: The Pacers scored a season-high 42 points in the first quarter when they shot 61.5% (16-of-26) and connected on 8-of-11 from 3-point range.

Celtics: Brown fell on a TV table in the middle of the field early in the game but bounced back. … three entrees (Al HorfordAnd the Derek White And the Peyton Pritchard) were scoreless in the first half.

Next

Pacers: In New Orleans Monday night.

Celtics: Host Minnesota Friday night in a fourth home run of seven games.

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