Huge Road Win
The Pacers traveled to Boston on Friday for a tough road game against Kyrie and the Celtics.
Indiana came out strong with a big lead at the beginning of the game, but the Celtics stormed back after halftime to tie the game in the fourth quarter. The Pacers were able to step up their game defensively and secure a huge victory against Boston, 97-91.
“I thought our guys showed toughness from the start,” Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew [the Celtics] were going to come back and give us a shot, and they did in the third quarter. Our guys just hung in there. They kept their composure, started to execute, move the ball, and knock down some shots.”
The Pacers dominated the first quarter of the game and led by as many as 26 points. Indiana lost control of the game in the third quarter, but Victor Oladipo’s 35 points and the team’s contributions helped Indiana finish with a win over Boston.
“Victor was good. But it was a team effort. A lot of guys did some good things tonight,” Nate McMillian said.
Four Pacers ended the night with double digits. Al Jefferson only had two points, but they came early in the fourth, when the Pacers needed some serious momentum to stop the Celtics’ come back bid. Overall this was a huge team win against a top tier team.
The Pacers return home on Sunday to face the New York Knicks at 5pm ET.