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Morris, Tatum help Celtics rout weary Pacers 135-108

BOSTON (AP) There's no secret to the Boston Celtics recent roll.

The Celtics continued to share the offensive load, and the results showed again in a 135-113 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

''It's not too often that we're going to put up 135 points, but I feel like consistently over the last few games, we've done a great job of making shots,'' said Kyrie Irving, who had 12 points in 24 minutes before getting to rest the entire fourth quarter.

''We're making shots. We're continuing to make each other better and make those plays that we weren't making at the beginning of the season.''

The Celtics had 32 assists - their fifth straight game with 30 or more - and put together their highest scoring game this season. Boston (25-15) also ended a three-game skid against the Pacers, who entered the night third in the Eastern Conference having won seven of eight.

''It just looked like we were gassed tonight,'' Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. ''We knew they could come out fast and they did. They came out very aggressive, attacking us and just we weren't able to establish anything defensively against this group.''

Marcus Morris had 22 points and eight rebounds, Jaylen Brown also scored 22 points and Jayson Tatum had 20 for the Celtics, who have won five of six.

Gordon Hayward had 14 points, Daniel Theis added 12 points and six rebounds off the bench, and Terry Rozier had 12 points and five assists.

Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers (27-14), who had won seven of eight. Thaddeus Young had 10 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo scored 17 points.

The Pacers never led and fell to 5-2 in the second of back-to-back games this season. They wilted in the second half after beating Cleveland 123-115 the previous night.

''They just beat us in every category today,'' Oladipo said. ''Everything you can imagine, they beat us in.''

Boston led 68-53 at halftime after shooting 56.5 percent (26 for 46) in the first half.

Indiana used a 10-2 run early in the third and cut the margin to 79-67 on Sabonis' hook shot with 5:31 left in the period, but Boston took off again and topped 100 points before the quarter was over.

Theis converted a three-point play to start the Celtics on a 12-3 run, and Boston closed out the period with another surge, getting back-to-back 3-pointers by Rozier for a 100-74 lead with 1:27 left.

KEEP SHARING

The Celtics' string of 30-plus assist games is their longest since a six-game run in March and April of 1987.

''We're all understanding that we're trying to play faster and the ball movement has been working for us,'' said Al Horford, who led Boston with eight assists. ''It keeps the defense on their toes, really makes the other team work. It's kind of contagious.''

OUT-PACED

Boston's point total was also the most allowed by Indiana this season - eight more points than Charlotte scored on the Pacers on Nov. 27.

''The fourth game of a five-game road trip and you're playing Boston on a back-to-back,'' McMillan said. ''In a situation like that, you knew they were going to try to be aggressive, run us out of the building right from the start. And we just never could keep up with them.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: Tyreke Evans scored 15 points and Kyle O'Quinn had 11. ... Bojan Bogdanovic was called for a technical foul with 8:43 left in the first quarter. ... Young was called for another technical for saying something from the Pacers' bench with two minutes left in the third quarter, and coach Nate McMillan got one with 16 seconds left in the period. ... C Myles Turner was out with a sore right shoulder.

Celtics: Scored 68 in the first half, one point shy of their season-high for points in a half. ... Topped their previous high of 133 points scored against Chicago on Dec. 6. ... Tatum scored nine of Boston's first 11 points and had 11 in the first quarter, going 5 for 6.

UP NEXT

Pacers: At New York on Friday night.

Celtics: Open up a three-game road trip Thursday night at Miami.

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Key Players
V. Oladipo
4 SG
K. Irving
11 PG
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
22.9 Pts. Per Game 22.9
6.6 Ast. Per Game 6.6
4.9 Reb. Per Game 4.9
43.4 Field Goal % 48.9
43.3 Three Point % 48.8
72.9 Free Throw % 85.5
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:08
+ 1 Alize Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:32
  Alize Johnson missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:32
  Shooting foul on Robert Williams 0:32
  Offensive rebound by Alize Johnson 0:34
  TJ Leaf missed free throw 0:34
  Shooting foul on Guerschon Yabusele 0:34
+ 2 TJ Leaf made driving layup, assist by Aaron Holiday 0:34
+ 3 Brad Wanamaker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 0:40
  Defensive rebound by Robert Williams 0:48
+ 2 Guerschon Yabusele made layup, assist by Brad Wanamaker 0:54
Team Stats
Points 108 135
Field Goals 39-91 (42.9%) 50-88 (56.8%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 14-32 (43.8%)
Free Throws 21-33 (63.6%) 21-24 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 53 52
Offensive 12 9
Defensive 27 39
Team 14 4
Assists 26 32
Steals 6 7
Blocks 0 7
Turnovers 11 13
Fouls 18 25
Technicals 4 2
20 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
22 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Pacers 27-14 23302728108
home team logo Celtics 25-15 29393730135
Team Stats
away team logo Pacers 27-14 109.0 PPG 43.8 RPG 25.9 APG
home team logo Celtics 25-15 112.0 PPG 45 RPG 25.9 APG
Key Players
D. Sabonis PF 15.0 PPG 9.6 RPG 2.9 APG 61.7 FG%
J. Brown SG 12.0 PPG 4.2 RPG 1.4 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Sabonis PF 20 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
J. Brown SG 22 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
42.9 FG% 56.8
32.1 3PT FG% 43.8
63.6 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Sabonis 20 7 5 6/9 0/0 8/8 3 27 0 0 1 3 4 -22 36
V. Oladipo 17 3 0 6/13 3/7 2/6 2 26 1 0 0 1 2 -24 21
T. Young 10 8 1 4/10 0/0 2/2 4 26 0 0 2 4 4 -26 18
D. Collison 7 0 2 3/7 1/3 0/0 1 21 3 0 1 0 0 -17 13
B. Bogdanovic 7 3 3 3/9 1/4 0/2 0 24 1 0 0 1 2 -20 17
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Sabonis 20 7 5 6/9 0/0 8/8 3 27 0 0 1 3 4 -22 36
V. Oladipo 17 3 0 6/13 3/7 2/6 2 26 1 0 0 1 2 -24 21
T. Young 10 8 1 4/10 0/0 2/2 4 26 0 0 2 4 4 -26 18
D. Collison 7 0 2 3/7 1/3 0/0 1 21 3 0 1 0 0 -17 13
B. Bogdanovic 7 3 3 3/9 1/4 0/2 0 24 1 0 0 1 2 -20 17
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Evans 15 3 5 6/16 2/6 1/3 0 22 0 0 2 0 3 -12 26
K. O'Quinn 11 5 3 5/7 1/1 0/0 3 20 0 0 2 2 3 -5 20
T. Leaf 8 2 1 3/4 0/1 2/5 1 17 0 0 1 0 2 -4 11
C. Joseph 4 3 4 2/6 0/2 0/0 2 20 0 0 1 0 3 -13 14
D. McDermott 4 2 0 1/5 1/2 1/1 1 16 1 0 0 0 2 -1 7
A. Holiday 4 0 2 0/2 0/1 4/4 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 +3 8
A. Johnson 1 3 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 0 6 0 0 0 1 2 +3 4
E. Sumner 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 +3 -1
D. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Anigbogu - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 39 26 39/91 9/28 21/33 18 235 6 0 11 12 27 -135 194
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Morris 22 8 2 6/8 3/3 7/7 1 23 0 0 0 2 6 +18 34
J. Tatum 20 4 0 9/15 2/5 0/0 1 25 1 0 1 0 4 +17 24
K. Irving 12 2 2 5/9 1/2 1/1 0 23 1 0 3 1 1 +16 16
A. Horford 6 3 8 3/6 0/0 0/0 4 18 1 0 1 0 3 +19 25
M. Smart 2 2 3 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 22 1 1 1 0 2 +14 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Morris 22 8 2 6/8 3/3 7/7 1 23 0 0 0 2 6 +18 34
J. Tatum 20 4 0 9/15 2/5 0/0 1 25 1 0 1 0 4 +17 24
K. Irving 12 2 2 5/9 1/2 1/1 0 23 1 0 3 1 1 +16 16
A. Horford 6 3 8 3/6 0/0 0/0 4 18 1 0 1 0 3 +19 25
M. Smart 2 2 3 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 22 1 1 1 0 2 +14 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brown 22 7 3 7/12 2/5 6/8 4 28 1 1 0 0 7 +14 37
G. Hayward 14 5 4 5/7 2/2 2/3 3 22 1 0 4 0 5 +13 24
T. Rozier 12 5 5 4/8 3/5 1/1 1 19 0 0 1 1 4 +15 26
D. Theis 12 6 1 4/7 0/2 4/4 3 17 0 2 0 3 3 +6 22
R. Williams 6 3 1 3/3 0/0 0/0 3 12 0 2 1 1 2 +2 12
B. Wanamaker 3 0 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 -3 7
S. Ojeleye 2 1 1 1/5 0/3 0/0 0 14 1 0 0 0 1 +7 6
G. Yabusele 2 2 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 6 0 1 1 1 1 -3 4
A. Baynes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bird - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 135 48 32 50/88 14/32 21/24 25 235 7 7 13 9 39 +135 248