INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Sports Network) - Paul Pierce scored 24 points and the
Boston Celtics cruised to an 86-72 victory over the Indiana Pacers on
Ray Allen came off the bench and netted 19 points, while Kevin Garnett
registered 15 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which snapped a two-game
skid with their sixth win in eight tries.
The Celtics put some distance between themselves and the 76ers for the top
spot in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia, which entered the day one game
back, fell to Orlando later Saturday. The Sixers will visit TD Garden on
Danny Granger led the Pacers with 20 points and David West connected on 8-
of-10 from the field en route to 16 points for Indiana, which saw a four-game
winning streak end in the finale of a back-to-back series.
Allen hit a jump hook shot to spur a 9-4 rally to end the first quarter. The
run gave Boston a 24-19 lead they did not relinquish, but it was the 12-0
spurt to open the second quarter that made a statement.
Avery Bradley opened the scoring in the second with a reverse layup. Allen
followed with a jumper and a 23-foot trey, Sasha Pavlovic then netted his own
triple, and Greg Stiemsma capped it off with a pair of free-throws.
Indiana did score 12 of the half's final 17 points, but still trailed 43-33 at
The Celtics led by double-digits for most of the game from that point. Tyler
Hansbrough made it a seven-point game early in the fourth on a pair from the
charity stripe, but Garnett knocked down a turnaround jumper and his own pair
from the line to quell the threat.
Boston's Rajon Rondo was issued a flagrant-1 foul at the 2:56 mark of the
second quarter...Indiana held a 45-44 edge on the boards...The Celtics'
largest lead was 17.
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