By Tristan Deschenes, 98.5 The Sports Hub
The Celtics gave fans another scare, but held on to beat the Pacers on Tuesday night 114-111.
Boston took a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter, but much like the games against Brooklyn and Oklahoma City, it wasn’t over. Victor Oladipo took over down the stretch for the Pacers. With 4:36 left in the fourth, the two time all-star knocked down a three to cut the Celtic lead to 102-96. A minute later, it was Oladipo again with a three to pull Indiana within three with 3:31 to go.
The Pacers went on a 21-2 run in the fourth to give them a 107-104 lead with 2:14 left in the game, which was trending toward another disappointing Celtics loss. This time however, the Green would respond. Theis tied the game at 107 with a rare three pointer, and Tatum would tie it again at 109 with an angry dunk.
The C’s regained their lead when Marcus Smart hit a tough layup over Domantas Sabonis to go up 111-109 with 49.7 seconds left in the game. Sabonis would cut the lead to 112-111 with 7.8 seconds left, but Marcus Smart knocked down his free throws to seal the deal for the Green.
It was another game with Boston in control for most of it. This time, they executed better down the stretch.
Tatum got back to balling, he led the way for Boston, dropping 30 points and grabbing six rebounds. Gordon Hayward had himself another good night he stuffed the stat sheet with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Theis played well again, scoring 20 points and added six rebounds.
Indiana was led by their three best players. First time All-Star Sabonis led the Pacers with 28 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Oladipo returned to All-Star form with 27 points, while T.J. Warren added 22.
Up Next: The Celtics will travel to Milwaukee to face the first-place Bucks on Thursday night.