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Apr 19, 2019; Indianapolis, IN: Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown shoots against Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Apr 19, 2019; Indianapolis, IN: Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown shoots against Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

From the NBA Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 23 points on 8-for-9 from the field as the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 104-96 on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The C’s now have a commanding 3-0 lead in their opening-round playoff series with the Pacers. No NBA team in history has ever blown it, maintaining a 132-0 record.

Kyrie Irving followed up his 37-point effort with 19 points to go with 10 assists, 5 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. The C’s had four players with at least 16 points in the win. Jayson Tatum scored 18 to Al Horford’s 16. Irving scored six of his 19 points in the final 5:53 of the game, going 2-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line in that span.

Once again, Indiana lacked the offensive firepower to keep up with the Celtics for 48 minutes. Tyreke Evans led the team in scoring with 19 points in 21 minutes off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovich scored 15 points in 40 minutes.

The Celtics roared out to a 41-28 lead after one quarter, a stark contrast to their slow starts in Games 1 and 2. Brown scored 12 of his 23 points in the opening frame. But the Pacers stormed back with a 33-point second quarter to hot halftime with a 61-59 lead.

Jayson Tatum’s seven-point third quarter helped get the Celtics back on top 80-73 after three as the Pacers went cold. Indiana never tied the game again. Horford ultimately hit the daggers for the Celtics, draining a three-pointer to put them up seven with 3:32 to go, and again with 2:55 left. A Gordon Hayward tip-in forced the Pacers to start fouling, and the C’s went 4-for-7 from the line to do enough to keep them at bay.

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