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Apr 21, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) dunks the ball in front of Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 21, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) dunks the ball in front of Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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The Boston Celtics trailed the Indiana Pacers 49-47 at halftime of Game 4 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Here are some quick takeaways and observations from an up-and-down half for both teams.

Myles Turner is a problem. The Pacers’ mountain of a center blocked 2 shots in the first half. He denied Jaylen Brown driving the lane and got a hand on an Al Horford jump-shot in the first quarter. He also scored 8 points, including a thunderous dunk on Gordon Hayward, and pulled down 4 rebounds as Indiana’s biggest (literally) matchup nightmare. If they’re able to keep this series alive, Turner will be a major reason why.

Hot start squandered. The Celtics jumped out to an 8-0 advantage to start the game and the Pacers didn’t score until 2:31 in. But from there Indiana went on a 13-0 run to take the lead back, as the C’s went 4:09 without a field goal. For the second time in the series, the Pacers led after one.

Celtics build lead without aid of Kyrie. Terry Rozier filled in very nicely with 7 points as Kyrie Irving spent the first 5:10 on the bench in the second quarter. The C’s held a 36-28 lead when he checked in.

Pacers keep it close with perimeter defense. Indiana defenders closed tightly on the Celtics and often kept them at bay while they searched for a good three-point shot. Those rarely came as the C’s went just 3-for-15 (20 percent) from downtown. The Pacers’ play at that end was a big factor in their two-point lead at the half.

Check back after the game for more takeaways!

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