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Hayward delivers perfect finish as Celtics rout Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Gordon Hayward executed the game plan perfectly for Boston on Friday night.

He made all nine of his shots. He made all three of his free throws. And, he gave the Celtics the clear edge for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, too.

While Jason Tatum scored 22 points, Hayward became the first Celtics player since Kevin McHale in 1986 to make every shot and score at least 20 points as Boston pulled away from the Indiana Pacers 117-97 to break a tie for the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

The victory also gave Boston a 3-1 series edge to claim the first tiebreaker, essentially giving the Celtics a two-game lead with two remaining.

''I don't know how you guys find all these stats. More important, we got the win,'' said Hayward, who scored 21 points. ''It was a great job by us, a big win.''

Admittedly, Hayward has done some of his best work in his hometown.

He won the 2008 high school state championship on the Pacers' home court. Two years later, and just a few blocks away, he came within inches of making a half-court heave for Butler to beat Duke for a national title.

But Hayward's last appearance in Indy didn't end well. Victor Oladipo stole his inbound pass at the buzzer to seal a 102-101 victory on Nov. 3.

This time, with the Celtics trying to build momentum for the postseason, Boston had a 23-point advantage when Hayward was on the floor. Boston has won three straight and five of six.

''Hayward is playing really well,'' coach Brad Stevens said. ''He's attacking with great physicality. That's what he does. He's still not forcing anything that's not there. It's good that he's playing this way.''

If the Pacers don't get their defense righted quickly, it could lead to an early exit - especially if they draw the Celtics in a best-of-seven series starting next weekend.

Myles Turner had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Indiana. Domantas Sabonis and Tyreke Evans each scored 12 points for the Pacers, whose two-game winning streak ended.

But the bigger problem was matching up with Hayward & Co. Despite allowing a league-low 104.1 points, Boston repeatedly shredded the Pacers defense.

''We kind of let them do what they wanted to do when we were on the defensive side of the basketball and just kind of let them run their offense and get into a flow,'' Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said after scoring 10 points. ''One of the guys that killed us was Gordon Hayward. He was 9 for 9 tonight.''

And it was that way right from the start.

After breaking to a 10-3 lead, Hayward helped fuel a 7-0 run to start the second quarter that gave Boston a 31-27 lead. They never trailed again.

Boston scored the final four points of the first half to take a 58-47 lead and only allowed the Pacers to get as close as eight - on a 3-pointer from Wesley Matthews to open the second half. The Celtics sealed the win with a 12-3 third-quarter run that made it 86-68.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Kyrie Irving had 17 points and six assists, while Al Horford, Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris each scored 11 points. ... Baynes also had 11 rebounds. Tatum and Horford each had seven rebounds. ... The Celtics won despite playing without Jaylen Brown (back spasms). ... Boston shot 52.2% from the field.

Pacers: Matthews scored 10 points after missing the previous two games with a strained right hamstring. ... Doug McDermott and Aaron Holiday each finished with 11 points. ... Indiana was 10 of 23 on 3s and shot 41.3% from the field. ... The Pacers suffered their worst road loss of the season at Boston and their third-worst home loss this season to Boston. ... Point guard Darren Collison missed his third straight game with an injured groin.

PROJECT 44

Stevens returned to his old stomping grounds with a heavy heart as the Pacers and Celtics teamed up to honor the late Andrew Smith, one of Stevens' recruits at Butler, with Project 44 Awareness Night..

Smith's widow, Samantha, has been working to expand the Be The Match bone marrow registry. Smith, who wore No. 44 at Butler where he played with Hayward, died in January 2016 at age 25 after battling cancer.

''It's very cool to see for me and (assistant coach) Micah (Shrewsbury), Gordon (Hayward) and Alex Barlow, and the Pacers have been good to us, too,'' Stevens said.

To join the registry, people can text `ANDREW' to 38470 or visit Project44.org.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Can clinch home-court for the first round by beating Orlando at home Sunday.

Pacers: Will try to rebound by sweeping the season series from Brooklyn in their final regular-season home game Sunday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:50 +3 Aron Baynes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 3-0
11:24   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
11:02 +2 Aron Baynes made alley-oop shot, assist by Al Horford 5-0
10:44   Myles Turner missed finger-roll layup  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
10:13 +3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 5-3
9:58   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
9:40   Wesley Matthews missed jump shot  
9:32 +2 Kyrie Irving made finger-roll layup 7-3
9:19   Thaddeus Young missed hook shot  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
9:13 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot 10-3
8:42   Cory Joseph missed finger-roll layup  
8:42   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
8:42 +2 Thaddeus Young made dunk 10-5
8:27   Aron Baynes missed reverse layup  
8:25   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
8:21   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
8:21 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 10-6
8:21 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-7
8:02   Kyrie Irving missed turnaround jump shot  
7:50 +2 Thaddeus Young made finger-roll layup, assist by Cory Joseph 10-9
7:35 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 12-9
7:24 +3 Myles Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cory Joseph 12-12
7:01   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
6:57   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
6:53   BOS team rebound  
6:36   Marcus Morris missed reverse layup  
6:37   Offensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
6:36 +2 Marcus Morris made dunk 14-12
6:22   Shooting foul on Kyrie Irving  
6:22   Thaddeus Young missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:22   IND team rebound  
6:21   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
6:07   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:04   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
5:48   Cory Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:40 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 16-12
5:26 +2 Wesley Matthews made finger-roll layup, assist by Cory Joseph 17-14
5:16 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 19-14
4:56 +2 Myles Turner made dunk 18-16
4:56   Offensive rebound by Myles Turner  
4:44 +2 Kyrie Irving made fade-away jump shot 20-16
4:27   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:25   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
4:20   Offensive foul on Marcus Morris  
4:20   Turnover on Marcus Morris  
4:10   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:07   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
4:01   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:58   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
3:24   Lost ball turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Cory Joseph  
3:18 +2 Domantas Sabonis made finger-roll layup, assist by Cory Joseph 20-18
3:05   Bad pass turnover on Gordon Hayward, stolen by Domantas Sabonis  
2:50 +2 Domantas Sabonis made turnaround jump shot 20-20
2:16 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 22-23
1:57   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
1:54 +2 Domantas Sabonis made dunk 22-25
1:44 +2 Aron Baynes made driving dunk, assist by Marcus Smart 24-25
1:34   Cory Joseph missed jump shot  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
1:02 +2 Domantas Sabonis made jump shot, assist by Cory Joseph 24-27
0:40   Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph  
0:32   Myles Turner missed layup, blocked by Aron Baynes  
0:31   BOS team rebound  
0:13   Out of bounds turnover on Marcus Smart  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
0:00   IND team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:40   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
11:28   Bad pass turnover on Domantas Sabonis, stolen by Aron Baynes  
11:17 +2 Gordon Hayward made jump shot, assist by Marcus Morris 26-27
11:01   Bad pass turnover on Domantas Sabonis, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
10:58 +2 Jayson Tatum made dunk 28-27
10:32   Personal foul on Doug McDermott  
10:26   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup, blocked by TJ Leaf  
10:25   BOS team rebound  
10:23 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Morris 31-27
10:09 +2 Aaron Holiday made jump shot 31-29
9:52   BOS team rebound  
9:52   Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis  
9:44 +2 Gordon Hayward made finger-roll layup 33-29
9:34 +3 Doug McDermott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 33-32
9:16   Shooting foul on Tyreke Evans  
9:16 +1 Gordon Hayward made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-32
9:00   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
9:00 +1 Doug McDermott made 1st of 2 free throws 35-33
9:00   Doug McDermott missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:59   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
8:29   Offensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
8:29   TJ Leaf missed dunk  
8:31   Offensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
8:30   TJ Leaf missed dunk, blocked by Aron Baynes  
8:26   Offensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
8:25 +3 Aaron Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot 35-36
8:10   Personal foul on Tyreke Evans  
7:59 +2 Gordon Hayward made jump shot 37-36
7:37   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:25 +2 Jayson Tatum made finger-roll layup, assist by Terry Rozier 39-36
7:25   Shooting foul on Thaddeus Young  
7:25 +1 Jayson Tatum made free throw 40-36
7:11   Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:09   BOS team rebound  
6:59   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:56   Offensive rebound by Daniel Theis  
6:46 +2 Jayson Tatum made running Jump Shot 42-36
6:26 +2 Domantas Sabonis made hook shot 42-38
6:09   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
5:38   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
5:28   Out of bounds turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic  
5:08   Kyrie Irving missed fade-away jump shot  
5:06   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:53 +2 Jayson Tatum made floating jump shot 44-38
4:53   Shooting foul on Aaron Holiday  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
4:42 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 44-40
4:26   Personal foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:26 +1 Jayson Tatum made 1st of 2 free throws 45-40
4:26 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-40
4:15   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
4:09   Bojan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
4:07   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:59   Personal foul on Cory Joseph  
3:59 +1 Kyrie Irving made 1st of 2 free throws 47-40
3:59 +1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-40
3:47   Wesley Matthews missed floating jump shot  
3:46   IND team rebound  
3:46   Traveling violation turnover on Wesley Matthews  
3:21 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 50-40
3:04   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
2:54 +2 Al Horford made turnaround jump shot 52-40
2:35 +2 Myles Turner made turnaround jump shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 52-42
2:35   Shooting foul on Daniel Theis  
2:35 +1 Myles Turner made free throw 52-43
2:26   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:23   Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph  
2:12 +2 Cory Joseph made layup, assist by Wesley Matthews 52-45
2:12   Violation  
1:59   Marcus Smart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:55   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
1:37   Defensive rebound by Marcus Smart  
1:27   Out of bounds turnover on Marcus Smart  
1:08   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
0:57   Shooting foul on Myles Turner  
0:57 +1 Marcus Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 53-45
0:57 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-45
0:37 +2 Thaddeus Young made layup 54-47
0:27 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Marcus Smart 56-47
0:05   Bojan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
0:02   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
0:00 +2 Gordon Hayward made finger-roll layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 58-47
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48 +3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cory Joseph 58-50
11:33 +3 Marcus Smart made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 61-50
11:14   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:58   Turnover on Al Horford  
10:38 +3 Cory Joseph made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 61-53
10:22 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 63-53
9:59   Lost ball turnover on Wesley Matthews, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
9:48   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:41   Bojan Bogdanovic missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Al Horford  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
9:33   Out of bounds turnover on Jayson Tatum  
9:19 +2 Thaddeus Young made layup, assist by Myles Turner 63-55
8:52   Full timeout called  
8:35 +3 Myles Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 66-58
8:08   Shooting foul on Myles Turner  
8:08 +1 Marcus Smart made 1st of 3 free throws 67-58
8:08 +1 Marcus Smart made 2nd of 3 free throws 68-58
8:08 +1 Marcus Smart made 3rd of 3 free throws 69-58
8:00   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:57   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
7:46 +2 Kyrie Irving made finger-roll layup 71-58
7:34   Personal foul on Marcus Smart  
7:21 +2 Thaddeus Young made finger-roll layup, assist by Cory Joseph 71-60
7:00 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aron Baynes 74-60
6:45   Thaddeus Young missed jump shot  
6:34   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
6:31   Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph  
6:24   Bojan Bogdanovic missed turnaround jump shot  
6:11   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
5:52 +2 Wesley Matthews made layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 74-62
5:34   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
5:16 +2 Cory Joseph made finger-roll layup 74-64
5:06   Kyrie Irving missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
5:06   BOS team rebound  
5:01   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
4:50   Shooting foul on Brad Wanamaker  
4:50   Tyreke Evans missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:50   IND team rebound  
4:50 +1 Tyreke Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 74-65
4:39   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
4:30 +2 Marcus Morris made jump shot, assist by Al Horford 76-65
4:12   Bad pass turnover on Cory Joseph, stolen by Al Horford  
4:07 +2 Marcus Morris made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 78-65
3:41   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
3:34 +2 Gordon Hayward made driving layup, assist by Brad Wanamaker 80-65
3:20 +2 Myles Turner made turnaround jump shot, assist by Doug McDermott 80-67
3:20   Shooting foul on Kyrie Irving  
3:10 +2 Gordon Hayward made jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 82-68
2:56   Aaron Holiday missed layup  
2:55   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
2:43 +2 Gordon Hayward made jump shot, assist by Brad Wanamaker 84-68
2:30   Doug McDermott missed jump shot  
2:27   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
2:22 +2 Brad Wanamaker made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 86-68
2:07   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
2:07 +1 Myles Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 86-69
2:07   Myles Turner missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:06   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
1:49   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
1:43   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
1:43   Tyreke Evans missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:43   IND team rebound  
1:43 +1 Tyreke Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 86-70
1:25   Bad pass turnover on Brad Wanamaker, stolen by Domantas Sabonis  
1:20 +2 Tyreke Evans made finger-roll layup 86-72
1:06 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aron Baynes 89-72
0:54 +2 Tyreke Evans made jump shot 89-74
0:36 +2 Gordon Hayward made running Jump Shot 91-74
0:26   Doug McDermott missed layup, blocked by Marcus Morris  
0:22   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:02   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
0:01   Traveling violation turnover on Tyreke Evans  
0:00   Al Horford missed jump shot  
0:00   BOS team rebound  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
11:39   Offensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
11:39   Jayson Tatum missed layup  
11:36   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
11:36   Aron Baynes missed dunk  
11:36   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
11:35   Aron Baynes missed dunk  
11:33   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
11:33 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk 93-74
11:09 +2 Domantas Sabonis made hook shot 93-76
10:54   Brad Wanamaker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:51   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
10:42   Tyreke Evans missed reverse layup  
10:39   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
10:37