The scenario was almost similar in that after leading the race for most of the game and when the score was 71-60 after a triple by Josh Richardson early in the fourth quarter; Boston fell behind and collapsed again. At 3 points; Torrey Craig and Lance Stephenson then launched the “comeback” for the Pacers.
Domantas Sabonis then chained five points and two assists for the Craig-Brissett tandem from afar to put the Pacers in the lead at the inning of money-time. The pair then lined up two dunks to respond to two distant missiles from Jaylen Brown (83-87). Boston; however; managed to get out through a mousetrap; with two shots from Robert Williams III and a jumper from the baseline by Jayson Tatum in the last second to equalize and force extra time (89-89).
And just like against Orlando; the C’s managed to finish the job calmly; relying on the Brown-Tatum duo. Robert Williams III’s blocking followed by Grant Williams’ 3s in the transition also helped get Boston back on track. However; it was necessary to wait for Jayson Tatum’s last two pitches two seconds from the end and the Pacers’ failed throw-in to claim victory for the locals; winners 101-98.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– A game to forget quickly for both teams. The score could suggest a fight worthy of the best hours of the Eastern Conference. An awkward competition was particularly noteworthy; as the shooting percentages (less than 40%; including less than 30% in triples on both sides); but also the turnovers (20 from Boston; 17 from Indiana) demonstrated this in the final of the meeting. Boston finally won through the back door; in overtime against the slender Pacers. We continue!
– Thank you Robert Williams III. The Celtics can thank their pivot; author of 14 points; 12 rebounds; 4 interceptions and 3 blocks; for saving the furniture in the final. The latter did not tremble when he had to appear on the throwing line 38 seconds from the end when the score was +4 for the Pacers and his hitting percentage in the exercise barely reached 62.5% this season. Boston was then able to force an overtime; and once again had a strong moment from its pivot; with a counterattack on Oshae Brissett that allowed Grant Williams to score 3 points to put the C’s on the right track.
TOPS / FLOPS
✅ The Brown-Tatum pair. Particularly battered of late; the duo would have been the first to be singled out if Boston had failed again. But both players have shown they have strong nerves; including big shots late in the fourth quarter and then regaining some of their pride in extra time. It is true that not everything was perfect; far from it (0/7 in triples and 8 turnovers by Jayson Tatum; 11/26 by Jaylen Brown); but the tandem gave everything to try to claim the victory; including 27 rebounds. ; and was rewarded.
✅ ⛔ Domantas Sabonis. Tough afternoon for the Lithuanian who struggled to get into his match on attack; starting the fourth quarter with 4 small points left on the clock. He was also found on the ground after receiving a good donut in a layup attempt; without a foul being called. Upon arrival; his triple-double on 11 points; 23 rebounds and 10 assists weighed very little on the scales and his 3/12 shooting is a task for what should be the leader of the Pacers.
The Celts (20-21) and the Pacemakers (15-26) meet again this Wednesday; in Indiana this time.
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