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Irving, Morris lead Celtics' rally past Pacers in Game 1

BOSTON (AP) The Celtics have been at their best this season when they are forcing turnovers, spacing the floor and knocking down outside shots.

They found out in their Game 1 win over the Pacers that they are equipped to win an ugly, physical game as well.

Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points, and the Boston rallied in the second half to the beat Indiana Pacers 84-74 on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points. Al Horford added 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward had 10 points. It was the first playoff game since 2017 for Irving and Hayward after each missed last year's postseason with injuries.

''I just try to be aggressive on the ball, be in the right spots,'' Irving said. ''I just really want to be aggressive and really be the head of the snake.''

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.

The Pacers led by 11 points in the first half but had just eight points in the third quarter. The Celtics capitalized and led by as many as 22 in the fourth. The 29 points that Indiana scored in the second half were its worst of the season.

Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers. Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Pacers starter in double figures with 12 points.

Both teams shot under 40 percent for the game. Boston hit just 36% (28 of 77) and had 20 turnovers. Indiana connected on 33% of its shots (28 of 84) and turned it over 13 times.

The Celtics' 84 points were their fewest of the season and marked the first time they scored fewer than 100 points and won.

''We held them to 84 points. We just didn't score enough,'' Indiana's Wesley Matthews said.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Pacers coach Nate McMillan both said before the series that the more physical team would have the edge.

After a shaky start, it turned out to be Boston.

Boston opened the third quarter with a 22-3 run to take a 60-48 lead. The Pacers didn't get their first field goal of the second half until Joseph dropped in a layup with 3:38 left in the third. They finished the quarter 2 for 19 from the field.

''I thought we kind of lost our way,'' McMillan said. ''They got the momentum and really never let that go.''

Likewise, Stevens said his team found something in that quarter.

''They missed some shots, but we were really connected,'' he said. ''We were really playing hard. We were really flying around.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: Went 12 of 21 from the free throw line (57%).

Celtics: Outrebounded the Pacers 55-42.

TURNING POINT

Boston's run included a brief appearance by Celtics Hall of Famer and former Pacers front office executive Larry Bird, who was shown on the big screen during a timeout.

The period ended with Terry Rozier connecting on an acrobatic 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining to put the Celtics ahead 64-53. The lead grew to 84-62 on a 3-pointer by Tatum with 3:34 remaining.

Stevens went with Jaylen Brown in the starting lineup in place of Marcus Smart, who is out with a torn left oblique.

But after Boston committed four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game, Stevens quickly adjusted, inserting Morris and Hayward.

The change paid off with Morris going 3 of 4 in the period, including two 3-pointers, and scoring 12 points. No other Celtics player had more than two points.

While his team was able to recover from a dismal start, Stevens said the Pacers' defense deserved credit for making things difficult on them throughout the game.

''Those guys guarded their butts off,'' Stevens said. ''That game looked like a 1980s playoff game in a lot of ways with the score. But it's tough. Those guys are physical. ...We have a lot to get better at.''

BIG DAY

In his first playoff game as a Celtic, Irving became just third player in franchise history to have 20-plus points, five-plus assists and five-plus rebounds in his postseason debut with the team. He joined Isaiah Thomas in 2015 and JoJo White in 1972.

PATRIOTS' KRAFT COURTSIDE

Patriots team owner Robert Kraft sat courtside beside Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck. Kraft was charged with two counts of solicitation in January after police said he twice paid to have sex with employees at a Florida spa.

UP NEXT

Boston hosts Game 2 on Wednesday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39 +2 Myles Turner made jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 2-0
11:22 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 2-2
11:03   Thaddeus Young missed hook shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:54   Out of bounds turnover on Al Horford  
10:35 +3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Myles Turner 5-2
10:21   Lost ball turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Wesley Matthews  
10:04   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
9:37   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
9:23 +2 Al Horford made dunk, assist by Kyrie Irving 5-4
8:56   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:53   IND team rebound  
8:40   Thaddeus Young missed reverse layup  
8:38   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
8:31   Personal foul on Thaddeus Young  
8:21   Bad pass turnover on Kyrie Irving, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
8:11 +2 Darren Collison made finger-roll layup, assist by Myles Turner 9-4
7:56 +2 Jayson Tatum made finger-roll layup 9-6
7:38   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
7:37   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:33   Offensive foul on Jaylen Brown  
7:24   Out of bounds turnover on Thaddeus Young  
7:07   Personal foul on Darren Collison  
6:43   Bojan Bogdanovic missed fade-away jump shot  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
6:22 +3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 12-6
6:03   Out of bounds turnover on Gordon Hayward  
5:46 +2 Wesley Matthews made layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 14-6
5:29 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 14-9
5:10   Bad pass turnover on Darren Collison, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
5:04   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:02   IND team rebound  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
4:38 +2 Gordon Hayward made layup, assist by Al Horford 14-11
4:23   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
4:10 +2 Marcus Morris made jump shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 14-13
3:45 +2 Thaddeus Young made hook shot 16-13
3:18   Offensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
3:18   Shooting foul on Thaddeus Young  
3:18   Marcus Morris missed 1st of 3 free throws  
3:18 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 3 free throws 16-14
3:18 +1 Marcus Morris made 3rd of 3 free throws 16-15
3:13   Full timeout called  
2:47   Terry Rozier missed driving layup  
2:45   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
2:28   Cory Joseph missed jump shot  
2:15 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 18-18
1:59 +2 Domantas Sabonis made jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 20-18
1:59 +2 Domantas Sabonis made jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 20-18
1:45   Personal foul on Darren Collison  
1:31   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
1:31   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
1:18   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
1:06   Domantas Sabonis missed jump shot  
0:58   Offensive foul on Gordon Hayward  
0:58   Turnover on Gordon Hayward  
0:39   Tyreke Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:37   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:24   Gordon Hayward missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:17 +1 Marcus Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 20-19
0:17 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 20-20
0:09   Personal foul on Gordon Hayward  
0:04   Bad pass turnover on Domantas Sabonis, stolen by Gordon Hayward  
0:01   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   BOS team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Jaylen Brown missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Doug McDermott  
11:37   TJ Leaf missed driving layup, blocked by Aron Baynes  
11:34   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
11:29 +2 Gordon Hayward made layup 20-22
11:09   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
11:09 +1 Tyreke Evans made 1st of 2 free throws 21-22
11:09   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
10:50   Gordon Hayward missed jump shot  
10:48   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
10:34   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:32   Defensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
10:25   Out of bounds turnover on Tyreke Evans  
10:02   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
9:53   Tyreke Evans missed driving layup  
9:52   Offensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
9:51   Doug McDermott missed dunk  
9:47   Offensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
9:45 +3 Tyreke Evans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cory Joseph 26-22
9:24   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
9:21   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
9:11   Offensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
8:58 +2 Kyrie Irving made fade-away jump shot 29-24
8:31   Doug McDermott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:27   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
8:20   Out of bounds turnover on Jaylen Brown  
8:07   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:07   Doug McDermott missed free throw  
7:47   Shooting foul on Cory Joseph  
7:47   BOS team rebound  
7:47 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-25
7:24   Tyreke Evans missed driving layup  
7:24   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
7:21   Bad pass turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
7:17 +2 Tyreke Evans made layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 31-25
7:09   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
7:09   Offensive rebound by Daniel Theis  
7:07   5-second inbounding violation turnover  
6:46   Cory Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Daniel Theis  
6:32   Kyrie Irving missed floating jump shot  
6:31   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
6:28   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
6:28 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made free throw 34-25
6:15   Lost ball turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
6:08 +2 Darren Collison made layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 36-25
5:45   Kyrie Irving missed floating jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
5:26   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:21   Al Horford missed dunk, blocked by Thaddeus Young  
5:20   BOS team rebound  
4:40   Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis  
4:29   Marcus Morris missed turnaround jump shot  
4:26   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
4:13   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:11   Thaddeus Young missed dunk, blocked by Jayson Tatum  
4:07   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
4:07   Personal foul on Thaddeus Young  
4:01 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 38-31
3:36   Bojan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:30   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:28   BOS team rebound  
3:16   Shooting foul on Darren Collison  
3:16 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-33
3:06   Myles Turner missed jump shot  
3:04 +2 Cory Joseph made dunk 40-33
2:40   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
2:19 +3 Cory Joseph made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 43-33
1:50   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
1:32 +2 Jayson Tatum made finger-roll layup, assist by Gordon Hayward 43-35
1:16   Bojan Bogdanovic missed finger-roll layup  
1:15   BOS team rebound  
1:15   Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis  
1:15   BOS team rebound  
1:15 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-36
1:04   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
1:04   Myles Turner missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:04   IND team rebound  
1:04   Myles Turner missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:04   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
0:46   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
0:39 +2 Myles Turner made finger-roll layup, assist by Tyreke Evans 45-36
0:31 +2 Gordon Hayward made driving layup 45-38
0:09   Cory Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   BOS team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
11:32   Bad pass turnover on Wesley Matthews, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
11:27   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
11:27   BOS team rebound  
11:12   Jayson Tatum missed fade-away jump shot  
11:10   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
10:58   Out of bounds turnover on Darren Collison  
10:48   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
10:45 +2 Jaylen Brown made driving dunk, assist by Kyrie Irving 45-40
10:19   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:08   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:59   Bad pass turnover on Jaylen Brown, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
9:33   Bad pass turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:08 +2 Al Horford made hook shot 45-42
8:52   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:50   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
8:39   Shooting foul on Thaddeus Young  
8:39 +1 Al Horford made free throw 45-45
8:16   Bad pass turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic, stolen by Al Horford  
8:10   Turnover on Aron Baynes  
7:52 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 45-47
7:32   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
7:19   Kyrie Irving missed turnaround jump shot  
7:15   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
7:17 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk 45-49
7:02 +1 Myles Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 46-49
7:02   Myles Turner missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:02   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
6:45   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
6:33   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
6:27   Personal foul on Darren Collison  
6:11 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 46-51
5:50   Domantas Sabonis missed hook shot  
5:48   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:45   Shooting foul on Myles Turner  
5:45 +1 Kyrie Irving made 1st of 2 free throws 46-52
5:45 +1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-53
5:27   Shooting foul on Kyrie Irving  
5:27 +1 Cory Joseph made 1st of 2 free throws 47-53
5:27 +1 Cory Joseph made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-53
4:50   Out of bounds turnover on Wesley Matthews  
4:42   Personal foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:33   Offensive foul on Kyrie Irving  
4:22   Bad pass turnover on Domantas Sabonis, stolen by Jaylen Brown  
4:16   Shooting foul on Myles Turner  
4:16 +1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 48-57
4:00   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
3:39   Tyreke Evans missed finger-roll layup  
3:39   IND team rebound  
3:28 +2 Cory Joseph made finger-roll layup, assist by Doug McDermott 50-60
3:28   Violation  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
2:41   Kyrie Irving missed fade-away jump shot  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
2:23   Shooting foul on Kyrie Irving  
2:23   Domantas Sabonis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:23 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-60
1:56   Tyreke Evans missed finger-roll layup  
1:55   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
1:52   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
1:42   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
1:27 +2 Doug McDermott made finger-roll layup, assist by Domantas Sabonis 53-60
1:27   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
1:27   Doug McDermott missed free throw  
1:02   Doug McDermott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:52   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:30   Offensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
0:30   Shooting foul on Domantas Sabonis  
0:30   Terry Rozier missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:30 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-61

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
11:26   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:23   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
10:27   Offensive foul on Terry Rozier  
10:27   Turnover on Terry Rozier  
10:14   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
10:14   Tyreke Evans missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
10:14   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
9:57   jump shot  
9:21   Violation  
9:06 +2 Cory Joseph made fade-away jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 55-68
8:43   Bad pass turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
8:39   Thaddeus Young missed driving layup  
8:37   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
8:34 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 55-71
8:19   Personal foul on Terry Rozier  
8:08   Domantas Sabonis missed jump shot  
7:51 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 55-74
7:33   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
7:23   Personal foul on Tyreke Evans  
7:16   Al Horford missed jump shot  
7:01   Violation  
6:53 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 57-74
6:41   Shooting foul on Wesley Matthews  
6:41 +1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 57-76
6:27 +2 Darren Collison made jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 59-76
6:08   Personal foul on Myles Turner  
5:54   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
5:01   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
4:51   Kyrie Irving missed driving layup  
4:47