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Irving scores 37, Celtics beat Pacers 99-91 for 2-game lead

BOSTON (AP) A poor third quarter did the Indiana Pacers in during Game 1 of their first-round series with the Boston Celtics.

In Game 2, Boston seized on a fourth-quarter collapse by Indiana.

Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Boston rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat Indiana 99-91 Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Coming out of a timeout and with a chance for Indiana to tie, the Pacers' Wesley Matthews threw an inbounds pass into the bench on the other side of the court with 12.1 seconds left. On the ensuing play, the Celtics' Al Horford passed to Jayson Tatum, who was fouled on a two-handed dunk. He completed the three-point play to make it 97-91 with 8.8 seconds left.

The Pacers turned it over again and the Celtics were able to close out the game at the free throw line.

Tatum scored 26 points, including his thunderous dunk down the stretch to help punctuate a 10-0 run by Boston over the final five minutes.

Irving said being able to have this kind of performance at TD Garden after sitting out the playoffs last season wasn't lost on him.

''It's just been a long journey,'' Irving said. ''From having those two knee surgeries and watching the team last year and finally getting chance to lace them up for the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs - it's nothing like it.''

After scoring only eight points in the third quarter of Game 1, the Pacers scored only 12 points in the fourth of Game 2.

''It's always been one quarter that kills us in the second half,'' Thaddeus Young said. ''We're getting good looks and shots are not falling. ... We gotta put together a 48-minute game and we haven't been able to that.''

Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana with 23 points. Young added 15 points. Myles Turner finished with six blocks.

Game 3 is Friday in Indiana.

Darren Collison scored seven points during a 10-0 run that gave the Pacers a 70-58 lead in the third quarter as turnovers began to pile up for the Celtics.

Indiana led 79-68 entering the fourth. Horford opened the final period scoring on a hook shot in the lane and Tyreke Evans responded with a 3-pointer on Indiana's first possession.

But then Boston got hot, using a 16-0 run, including eight straight by Irving, to take an 86-82 lead with 5:04 to play. Indiana missed 10 straight shots during the run, finally breaking a nearly eight-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer by Matthews in front of the Celtics' bench.

Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer from virtually the same spot as Matthews to put the Pacers back in front. Gordon Hayward responded with a jumper, before Bogdanovic hit another 3 over Horford that made it 91-89 Pacers with 2:16 remaining.

Following an Indiana miss, Tatum connected on a 3-pointer from the corner. And after Horford blocked Bogdanovic at the rim, Tatum found a cutting Hayward for a layup and the Pacers were undone by their late turnovers.

''Missed a couple of good looks. Held them under a 100. The defense was still there. They made more timely baskets than we did,'' Matthews said.

Horford was a game-time decision with an illness but was able to remain in the Celtics' starting lineup. He was noticeably a step slower at the outset and didn't' take his first shot until late in the second quarter. He didn't score his first points until the fourth, finishing with four points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the game.

''It wasn't just about putting points on the board, it was just about doing the little things,'' Irving said. ''It was a gritty win.''

TIP-INS

Pacers: Were outrebounded for the second straight game 41-32.

Celtics: Coach Brad Stevens received a technical foul in the third quarter. It marked just was just third of the season.

BETTER START

After both teams struggled from the field in Game 1, they combined to hit 10 straight shots to open Game 2.

The Pacers shot 65 percent in the first quarter, but were just 7 for 20 from the field and 0 for 7 from beyond the 3-point arc in the second. The Celtics seized on it, outscoring them 23-17 in the quarter and taking a 52-50 halftime lead.

PATRIOT SUPPORT

Several New England Patriots were in attendance for Game 2. Among those in attendance were coach Bill Belichick, reigning Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, Devin and Jason McCourty, Sony Michel and Duron Harmon.

UP NEXT

The series shifts to Indianapolis for Game 3 on Friday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44 +2 Aron Baynes made dunk, assist by Jayson Tatum 0-2
11:33 +2 Thaddeus Young made alley-oop shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 2-2
11:20 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 2-4
10:58   Bojan Bogdanovic missed floating jump shot, blocked by Aron Baynes  
10:56   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:50 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 2-7
10:31 +2 Darren Collison made jump shot 4-7
10:14 +3 Aron Baynes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 4-10
9:51 +3 Myles Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 7-10
9:38 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot 7-13
9:29 +3 Thaddeus Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 10-13
9:03 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made dunk 12-13
8:47   IND team rebound  
8:26   Out of bounds turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic  
8:06   Lost ball turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
8:05   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
7:36   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
7:27   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
7:21 +2 Darren Collison made jump shot 14-13
7:02   Traveling violation turnover on Jayson Tatum  
6:54 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 17-13
6:33   Lost ball turnover on Kyrie Irving, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
6:31 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 19-13
6:31   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
6:31 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made free throw 20-13
6:20   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
6:15   Daniel Theis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:13   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
6:03   Lost ball turnover on Darren Collison, stolen by Kyrie Irving  
5:58 +2 Jaylen Brown made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 20-15
5:47   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
5:37   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:26   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
5:10 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made jump shot 22-15
4:50   Daniel Theis missed jump shot, blocked by Thaddeus Young  
4:46   Offensive foul on Darren Collison  
4:46   Turnover on Darren Collison  
4:37   Kyrie Irving missed driving layup  
4:36   Shooting foul on Darren Collison  
4:36 +1 Daniel Theis made 1st of 2 free throws 22-16
4:36 +1 Daniel Theis made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-17
4:23 +2 Doug McDermott made layup, assist by Domantas Sabonis 24-17
4:03 +2 Kyrie Irving made fade-away jump shot 24-19
3:48   Violation  
3:34 +3 Tyreke Evans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Doug McDermott 27-19
3:11   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:59   Doug McDermott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:57   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
2:49   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
2:36   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
2:09   Out of bounds turnover on Tyreke Evans  
1:35   Tyreke Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:32   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
1:26 +2 Terry Rozier made finger-roll layup 27-27
1:16   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
1:16 +1 Doug McDermott made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-27
0:54 +2 Cory Joseph made finger-roll layup 31-29
0:44   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
0:33   Domantas Sabonis missed hook shot, blocked by Al Horford  
0:25   Lost ball turnover on Gordon Hayward, stolen by Domantas Sabonis  
0:21 +2 Aaron Holiday made finger-roll layup 33-29
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Aaron Holiday missed jump shot  
11:46   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
11:21   IND team rebound  
11:06 +2 Tyreke Evans made finger-roll layup 35-29
10:43   Bad pass turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Cory Joseph  
10:31 +2 Cory Joseph made finger-roll layup, assist by Domantas Sabonis 37-29
10:15   Gordon Hayward missed driving layup  
10:14   BOS team rebound  
10:07 +2 Jayson Tatum made driving dunk, assist by Kyrie Irving 37-31
9:53   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
9:41   Personal foul on Tyreke Evans  
9:30   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
9:07 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 37-34
8:42   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
8:42 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 1st of 2 free throws 38-34
8:42   Domantas Sabonis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:42   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
8:26 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 38-36
8:07   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
7:49   Marcus Morris missed fade-away jump shot  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
7:34 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made floating jump shot 40-36
7:22   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
7:10   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
7:07   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
6:45   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
6:34   Offensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
6:25 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 40-38
6:00   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
5:53   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
5:47   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
5:33   Out of bounds turnover on Gordon Hayward  
5:19   Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:17   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
5:08   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
4:50 +2 Thaddeus Young made jump shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 42-38
4:36   Bad pass turnover on Kyrie Irving, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
4:33 +2 Thaddeus Young made dunk 44-38
4:13   Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph  
4:02   Offensive foul on Myles Turner  
3:49 +2 Jaylen Brown made layup, assist by Al Horford 44-40
3:26   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
3:22   Shooting foul on Myles Turner  
3:22 +1 Gordon Hayward made 1st of 2 free throws 44-41
3:22 +1 Gordon Hayward made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-42
2:55 +2 Kyrie Irving made fade-away jump shot 46-44
2:28   Personal foul on Thaddeus Young  
2:18   Kyrie Irving missed finger-roll layup  
2:15   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
2:14   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
1:59   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
1:39 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot, assist by Al Horford 46-46
1:23 +2 Darren Collison made jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 48-46
1:01 +2 Daniel Theis made alley-oop shot, assist by Al Horford 48-48
0:47   Lost ball turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
0:43 +2 Jayson Tatum made dunk 48-50
0:30   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
0:30 +1 Thaddeus Young made 1st of 2 free throws 49-50
0:30 +1 Thaddeus Young made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-50
0:14   Personal foul on Cory Joseph  
0:01 +2 Kyrie Irving made floating jump shot 50-52
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:31   Offensive foul on Aron Baynes  
11:15 +2 Thaddeus Young made finger-roll layup, assist by Darren Collison 55-52
11:02 +2 Jaylen Brown made jump shot, assist by Aron Baynes 55-54
10:39 +3 Myles Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 58-54
10:13   Personal foul on Aron Baynes  
10:07 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 60-56
9:49 +2 Jayson Tatum made driving layup, assist by Aron Baynes 60-58
9:23   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
9:23   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
9:23   Bojan Bogdanovic missed free throw  
9:23   IND team rebound  
9:18   Darren Collison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:16   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
8:57   Bad pass turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic  
8:54   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:49   Offensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
8:45 +2 Darren Collison made driving layup, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 62-58
8:26   Bad pass turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic  
8:16   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
8:01   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:00   IND team rebound  
7:48   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
7:35 +2 Darren Collison made driving layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 64-58
7:18   Daniel Theis missed driving layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
7:07   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
7:01   Violation  
6:50   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:47   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
6:36 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Myles Turner 67-58
6:13   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup  
6:10   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
6:06 +3 Darren Collison made 3-pt. jump shot 70-58
5:47   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
5:33   Bad pass turnover on Darren Collison, stolen by Daniel Theis  
5:09   Bojan Bogdanovic missed fade-away jump shot  
5:06   Defensive rebound by Daniel Theis  
4:54   Kyrie Irving missed finger-roll layup  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
4:40   Bojan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
4:27   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
4:25   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:25   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
4:12   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:10   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:02 +2 Tyreke Evans made finger-roll layup 72-60
3:37   Out of bounds turnover on Tyreke Evans  
3:19 +2 Kyrie Irving made finger-roll layup 72-62
2:55   Tyreke Evans missed finger-roll layup  
2:53   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
2:47   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:45   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
2:24   Out of bounds turnover on Wesley Matthews  
2:11 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot 72-65
1:43 +3 Tyreke Evans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 75-65
1:29   Lost ball turnover on Terry Rozier, stolen by Domantas Sabonis  
1:20   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
1:12   Marcus Morris missed driving layup  
1:11   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
0:55 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 77-68
0:32   Tyreke Evans missed driving layup  
0:30   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
0:24   Gordon Hayward missed driving layup  
0:21   Offensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
0:21   Kyrie Irving missed dunk  
0:19   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
0:02 +2 Cory Joseph made floating jump shot 79-68
0:00   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   BOS team rebound  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45 +2 Al Horford made hook shot 79-70
11:20 +3 Tyreke Evans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Doug McDermott 82-70
11:03   Personal foul on Cory Joseph  
10:54 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 82-72
10:27   Bojan Bogdanovic missed driving layup  
10:25   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
10:15   Jayson Tatum missed finger-roll layup  
10:14   Offensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
9:50   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:33   Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis  
9:20   Al Horford missed jump shot  
9:17   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
9:08   Jayson Tatum missed fade-away jump shot  
9:05   Offensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
9:04 +2 Terry Rozier made dunk 82-76
8:46   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
8:46   Tyreke Evans missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:46   IND team rebound  
8:46   Tyreke Evans missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:46   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
8:33 +2 Jayson Tatum made driving dunk, assist by Terry Rozier 82-78
8:19   Doug McDermott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
7:59   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
7:34   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:20   Personal foul on Myles Turner  
7:07   Al Horford missed jump shot  
7:03   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
6:48   Thaddeus Young missed driving layup  
6:46   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
6:39 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot 82-81
6:22   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:20   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:54   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:48   Bad pass turnover on Terry Rozier, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic  
5:47   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
5:32   Wesley Matthews missed finger-roll layup  
5:29   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
5:26 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 82-84
5:04   Wesley Matthews missed driving layup  
5:01   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:04 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 82-86
4:27   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:26   BOS team rebound  
4:05   Offensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
3:53   BOS team rebound  
3:53   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
3:39   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
3:12   Shooting foul on Thaddeus Young  
3:12 +1 Kyrie Irving made 1st of 2 free throws 85-87
3:09   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
3:00 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 88-87
2:41 +2 Gordon Hayward made jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 88-89
2:16 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot 91-89
1:50   Jaylen Brown missed driving layup  
1:49   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
1:21   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:17   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young