Boston Celtics

Jan 12, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert (22) defends in the first half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics are back to .500 for the first time since Dec. 22 after a convincing 119-100 road win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum carried the load together for the C’s, who improved to 21-21 on the season with the win. Brown scored 34 to Tatum’s 33, while both went exactly 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from the field. Tatum added seven rebounds and four assists.

Brown was particularly hot from downtown, sinking seven of his 11 three-point attempts. Point guard Dennis Schröder completed the Celtics’ “big 3” in this one, adding 23 points of his own on 7-for-11 shooting.

The Celtics reasonably kept Pacers big man Domanatas Sabonis in check for the second straight game. Sabonis scored 17 points, an improvement over his 11 on Monday night at TD Garden. But in two clashes with the C’s, Sabonis was a far cry from the player who had averaged 29 points in five games before Boston.

Up Next: The Celtics will get a day off between games, before they take the court in Philadelphia against the 76ers on Friday. The game will be carried live on 98.5 The Sports Hub, starting with pregame coverage at 7 p.m.

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