INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Jaylen Brown scored 34 points, Jayson Tatum added 33 and the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 119-100 on Wednesday night.
Boston ended a six-game losing streak on the road by beating Indiana for the second time in three days and the fourth time in a row.
Myles Turner had 18 points and Domantas Sabonis added 17 points, six rebounds and six assists as the Pacers lost their second and eighth in a row in nine games.
After the first few minutes, the Celtics never really gave the Pacers a chance.
Boston quickly took a 10-point lead and kept Indiana at bay until the closing minutes of the first half, then wasted no time to reassert their dominance in the third quarter. The Celtics scored the first eight points to take a lead 54-49 to 13 at halftime, then 68-53 when Dennis Schroder scored 3 straight points.
Another 3 from Schroder late in the third made it a 19-point game. Indiana never seriously contested again.
Celtics: Tatum also had seven rebounds and four assists while Brown added five rebounds and three assists. Schroder scored 23 points and was 4 for 5 in 3s. … Brown was 7 for 11 from beyond the arc. … Boston made seven of their first eight 3s and finished 18 of 38 beyond the arc. … The Celtics have only had 11 turnovers. … Starting goalie Marcus Smart missed the game with a contusion to his right thigh. Payton Pritchard played for limited minutes after being cleared by health and safety protocols.
Pacers: Caris LeVert had 16 points and four assists while Justin Holiday scored 13.… After missing nine straight games and 10 of the last 11 with a sore right Achilles tendon and in health and safety protocols, goaltender Malcolm Brogdon returned to the starting lineup and finished with six points on a 3v7 shot. He played 17 minutes. … One day after signing a second 10-day contract, Lance Stephenson had six points, five rebounds and six assists… The Pacers were 7 for 36 of 3 and 13 for 20 on free throws.
Celtics: In Philadelphia Friday night.
Pacers: Host Phoenix on Friday night.
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