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Pacers hold on for 99-97 victory over Celtics

BOSTON (AP) The Indiana Pacers gave an extra 1.5 seconds of effort against the Celtics on Sunday night, and this time they escaped with a win.

Victor Oladipo scored 27 points, then committed a dead-ball offensive foul that gave Boston a shot to win the game at the buzzer. But the Pacers forced Terry Rozier into an off-balance shot and held on to beat the depleted Celtics 99-97.

''We talk about being calm, and being poised,'' said Indiana coach Nate McMillan, who had already seen his team blow last-minute lead to Boston when the teams met in December. ''Everybody was flying to move quickly, and it almost cost us. We got the stop at the end, but we have to continue to grow.''

Myles Turner scored 19 points, including the game-winning basket with 21 seconds to play, and added 10 rebounds for Indiana, who survived the crazy ending to win for the fifth time in six games. When the teams met in Indianapolis on Dec. 18, the Pacers blew a four-point lead in the final 19 seconds, capped by Rozier's steal and dunk - also with 1.5 seconds left.

''I like being on this end of it,'' McMillan said.

Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee, joining absent big man Al Horford, who was home sick, and Jaylen Brown, who is in the concussion protocol. Indiana went ahead by as many as nine, and had a 93-76 lead with 2:13 to play before Boston rallied to tie 95-all with 37 seconds left.

Turner gave the Pacers the lead again at the low post and, after Rozier's miss, Indiana hit a pair of foul shots to take a four-point lead. With fans heading for the exits, Tatum hit a seemingly meaningless layup to cut the deficit to two points with only 1.5 seconds left.

Before the ball could be inbounded, Oladipo was whistled when his elbow caught Marcus Morris in the face. A review confirmed the call.

''I was about to turn to run and I just saw my man on the floor and heard the whistle blow. He said offensive foul,'' Oladipo said. ''It was almost like he was running and when he turned he made sure his face hit my elbow.''

Boston inbounded the ball to Rozier, who took a long 2-pointer that bounced off the near side of the rim.

''Not a great look,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, ''but a shot I've seen him make before.''

Smart scored 20 with eight assists and Tatum scored 19 for the Celtics, who had won six of their last seven.

HOT HEADS

As the buzzer sounded, Cory Joseph got tangled up with Morris and Marcus Smart, bringing all three to the floor; players milled around and officials kept them separated but tensions were quickly soothed.

KYRIE OUT

Irving said his knee started feeling sore during the March 3 game against Houston.

''My knee's been feeling pretty achy the last week,'' he said after scoring seven points in 16 first-half minutes. ''I think right now that would probably be the best thing instead of kind of hoping it gets better over two three days, which it usually does.''

The Pacers outscored Boston 34-20 in the third quarter.

''Obviously, it was a tough situation for our team,'' Stevens said. ''I thought they took the steam out of us a little bit in the third quarter, but our guys battled and gave us a chance.''

ABSENTEES

With Horford and Brown already sidelined along with Gordon Hayward, who hasn't played since breaking his leg in the first quarter of the season opener, the Celtics were without four members of their opening night starting five.

Indiana quickly erased a 10-point halftime deficit, scoring 11 straight points: back-to-back 3-pointers from Bojan Bogdanovich and Joseph, and then five points in a row from Oladipo, to take a 60-57 lead. Greg Monroe and Rozier scored to put Boston back in the lead before Indiana scored another seven in a row to make it 67-61.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Made just 13 of 34 2-pointers in the first half. ... Wore their Hickory High uniforms from the movie Hoosiers.

Celtics: Rozier scored 16 off the bench. ... Tatum is the first Celtics rookie with 30 games of 15 or more points since Paul Pierce did it 31 times in 1998-99.

UP NEXT

Pacers: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Celtics: Host Washington on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
K. Irving
11 PG
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
24.7 Pts. Per Game 24.7
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
47.7 Field Goal % 49.1
47.6 Three Point % 49.1
80.5 Free Throw % 88.9
  Team rebound 0:00
  Terry Rozier missed jump shot 0:00
  Offensive foul on Victor Oladipo 0:01
  Personal foul on Victor Oladipo 0:01
+ 2 Jayson Tatum made layup, assist by Marcus Smart 0:01
  Team rebound 0:02
  Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Victor Oladipo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Jayson Tatum 0:10
  Personal foul on Terry Rozier 0:11
Team Stats
Points 99 97
Field Goals 39-81 (48.1%) 34-81 (42.0%)
3-Pointers 12-22 (54.5%) 12-37 (32.4%)
Free Throws 9-10 (90.0%) 17-21 (81.0%)
Total Rebounds 44 50
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 33 32
Team 5 8
Assists 26 26
Steals 9 10
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 18 16
Fouls 20 13
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
20 PTS, 7 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Pacers 39-28 2416342599
home team logo Celtics 46-21 2525202797
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 39-28 106.4 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.9 APG
home team logo Celtics 46-21 111.1 PPG 46.4 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
V. Oladipo SG 20.9 PPG 6.8 RPG 4.8 APG 44.1 FG%
M. Smart PG 6.9 PPG 2.7 RPG 4.1 APG 38.5 FG%
Top Scorers
V. Oladipo SG 27 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
M. Smart PG 20 PTS 7 REB 8 AST
48.1 FG% 42.0
54.5 3PT FG% 32.4
90.0 FT% 81.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 35 27 3 4 3 1 4 1 10/20 2/5 5/5 1 2 38 +4
M. Turner 35 19 10 0 1 3 0 4 8/13 3/4 0/0 2 8 33 0
B. Bogdanovic 28 14 3 3 0 1 1 2 4/7 4/5 2/2 0 3 23 -1
C. Joseph 28 8 6 3 1 0 3 1 3/7 2/2 0/0 1 5 18 -4
T. Young 22 4 4 2 0 0 5 4 2/7 0/2 0/0 2 2 7 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
V. Oladipo 35 27 3 4 3 1 4 1 10/20 2/5 5/5 1 2 38 +4
M. Turner 35 19 10 0 1 3 0 4 8/13 3/4 0/0 2 8 33 0
B. Bogdanovic 28 14 3 3 0 1 1 2 4/7 4/5 2/2 0 3 23 -1
C. Joseph 28 8 6 3 1 0 3 1 3/7 2/2 0/0 1 5 18 -4
T. Young 22 4 4 2 0 0 5 4 2/7 0/2 0/0 2 2 7 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Sabonis 18 10 6 0 2 0 1 1 5/9 0/0 0/0 0 6 17 +9
G. Robinson III 12 7 0 1 1 0 0 2 3/4 1/2 0/0 0 0 10 +10
T. Booker 18 4 2 2 0 2 1 2 2/7 0/1 0/0 0 2 11 -3
L. Stephenson 14 4 3 1 0 0 0 2 2/5 0/1 0/1 0 3 9 -6
D. Collison 24 2 2 10 1 0 3 1 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 2 22 +7
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Sumner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Poythress - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Leaf - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 99 39 26 9 7 18 20 39/81 12/22 9/10 6 33 188 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Smart 35 20 7 8 4 0 4 0 6/13 6/12 2/2 2 5 43 -4
J. Tatum 34 19 5 3 1 2 2 3 5/11 2/4 7/8 0 5 31 -4
M. Morris 31 10 4 2 1 0 1 1 5/13 0/6 0/0 0 4 18 +3
K. Irving 15 7 4 1 1 0 3 0 3/6 1/3 0/0 1 3 11 +11
A. Baynes 19 6 5 2 1 0 1 0 3/9 0/1 0/0 4 1 15 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Smart 35 20 7 8 4 0 4 0 6/13 6/12 2/2 2 5 43 -4
J. Tatum 34 19 5 3 1 2 2 3 5/11 2/4 7/8 0 5 31 -4
M. Morris 31 10 4 2 1 0 1 1 5/13 0/6 0/0 0 4 18 +3
K. Irving 15 7 4 1 1 0 3 0 3/6 1/3 0/0 1 3 11 +11
A. Baynes 19 6 5 2 1 0 1 0 3/9 0/1 0/0 4 1 15 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Rozier 33 16 6 2 0 0 2 2 5/13 3/8 3/5 0 6 24 -6
G. Monroe 16 8 4 2 0 2 1 3 4/7 0/0 0/0 1 3 17 -10
D. Theis 19 5 3 2 0 1 0 2 2/4 0/1 1/1 1 2 13 -2
A. Nader 7 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 2 5 -4
S. Larkin 16 2 1 3 2 0 1 1 0/4 0/2 2/2 0 1 10 +1
S. Ojeleye 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/1 1 0 3 +1
K. Allen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
A. Horford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hayward - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Yabusele - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 97 42 26 10 5 16 13 34/81 12/37 17/21 10 32 190 -10