Boston Celtics

Dec 29, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) shoots the ball against Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) in the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Celtics entered the fourth quarter down 11. They ended up winning by five, thanks mainly to the fourth-quarter heroics of Jayson Tatum.

Boston’s newly extended star awoke from a relative slumber late on Tuesday night, as Tatum scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth to shepherd the Celtics to a 116-111 road win over the Pacers.

Indiana, meanwhile, didn’t score until 3:01 into the fourth quarter as the Celtics climbed back into the game. Both Victor Oladipo and Domanatas Sabonis were held scoreless until a Sabonis layup with just 2:58 left in the game.

The Celtics’ bench outscored the Pacers’ reserves 34-21. Rookie Payton Pritchard scored in double-digits for the second straight game with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting. Pritchard added five rebounds and five assists in a well-rounded 27 minutes for the rookie out of Oregon.

Up Next: The Celtics have a quick turnaround, as they’ll have to head back to Boston for the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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