INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers make 17 3s on the best defense in the league right now to win 128-107.
Oshae Brissett scored 27 points with a career high 6 three pointers from deep. Buddy Hield also put up 21 points, 11 of which came in the final eight minutes of the game. Tyrese Haliburton also put up 22 points and 9 assists for Indiana.
It was an impressive yet somewhat lucky win as the ball was just going in for the Rick Carlisle led squad. Considering their three-way team trade right before the deadline–Indiana had very little time to gel. However, they were able to stop a Celtics team that’s been having the ball rolling.
Jayson Tatum finished with 24 points and Jaylen Brown put up 23. As for the rest of the team–Celtics resort back to their old ways as the bench scoring only reached 23 points. Coach Udoka played the entire roster looking for offense but they couldn’t find their mark. Al Horford was out due to the coach’s decision. C’s shot 27.9% from behind the arc. However, Robert Williams was able to put up a double-double.
What hurt Boston the most was the second quarter. The ball was just falling for Indiana as they put up 39 points to Boston’s 25 in just the quarter. From there, the Celtics struggled to find their groove.
Whether this win for the Pacers was lucky or not is up for debate. They had a home game with some fresh players and simply made shots. They still have work to do as they sit at 21-41 on the season. As for the Celtics, Philly winning certainly didn’t help their cause. They remain at the 6th seed in the conference and .500% on away games.
Celtics will face the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday on their home floor.