BOS
IND

No Text

Celtics beat Pacers 104-96 to take 3-0 series lead

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Boston Celtics keep following the same game plan.

Three games into their first-round playoff series, it's still working.

Another dominant second-half defensive performance Friday night helped the Celtics retake control of the game and another late scoring run helped them pull away from Indiana for a 104-96 victory and a 3-0 series lead.

''We've come a long way,'' All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said. ''We're all making sure we're giving each other confidence and doing the little things to ensure we win. When you have that type of camaraderie, executing is a lot easier. Now that the stakes are higher, we're settling into who we want to be.''

While the names and numbers seem to change on a daily basis, the results have remained strikingly consistent.

The Celtics turned Game 1 by limiting Indiana to eight third-quarter points and won by 10. In Game 2, the Celtics erased a double-digit deficit by allowing just 12 fourth-quarter points as they won by eight. This time, it was a 12-point third quarter that swung the momentum, leading Boston to its sixth straight win over Indiana - all since January.

If they can do it one more time Sunday, last year's Eastern Conference runner-ups will be headed to the conference semifinals.

''In Game 4, we expect (Indiana) to take it to another level,'' Jaylen Brown said after scoring 23 points. ''We've got to come out and not take our foot off the gas. We've got to come out and play great basketball and try to close this thing out.''

It seems Boston has an answer for every adjustment the Pacers make.

With the league's best defense focused on holding Irving in check Friday, Brown went 8 of 9 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds Jayson Tatum added 18 points and seven rebounds and Irving was still productive with 19 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.

For Indiana, it has been a nightmare of a series.

After charging back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to take a 61-59 halftime lead, Myles Turner opened the third with a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a five-point lead. Tyreke Evans matched his playoff career high with 19 points, 12 in the second quarter.

But then the Celtics did it again.

When Indiana's offense bogged down in the third, Boston scored eight straight points to retake the lead, closed the quarter on a 9-2 run and delivered the final blow with a 10-4 spurt late in the fourth to make it 98-92.

''In the third quarter, we lost our patience,'' Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. ''We took quick shots, bailed them out, and lost our rhythm.''

TIP-INS

Celtics: Tatum also had seven rebounds while Al Horford finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. ... The Celtics finished 15 of 34 on 3s after making 8 of 10 in the first quarter. ... Boston scored 41 points in the first quarter, the most Indiana has allowed in the first in its NBA playoff history. The Lakers set the previous mark, 38, during the 2000 NBA Finals.

Pacers: Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points and Thaddeus Young had 11 points and nine rebounds. ... Domantas Sabonis finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Myles Turner scored 13 points, matching his total from the first two games of the series. ... Wesley Matthews had 11 points and Darren Collison scored 10. ... Indiana went 11 of 30 on 3s after making 8 of 15 in the first half. ... The Pacers committed no turnovers in the second quarter. ... Indiana now faces its second sweep in three years after never previously being swept in a best-of-seven series.

RETURN ON HOLD

All-Star guard Victor Oladipo was expected to return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 3. Instead, bad weather in Florida prevented him from making it back.

Oladipo hasn't appeared publicly in Bankers Life Fieldhouse since he was wheeled off the court on a stretcher with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee In January. His presence was supposed to give the Pacers an emotional boost.

The Pacers have not said if Oladipo will return for Game 4.

THEY SAID IT

Celtics: ''I think he's fine. Turns out if you play 16 straight minutes, it cure all ills,'' Celtics coach Brad Stevens said when asked about Horford's availability for Game 3.

Pacers: ''It comes down to the third quarter. We've just got to figure out how to get off to a better start,'' Evans said.

UP NEXT

Game 4 is Sunday in Indianapolis.

---

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2019 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:49   Aron Baynes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:46   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
11:33   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
11:33   Myles Turner missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:33 +1 Myles Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-1
11:22   Bad pass turnover on Aron Baynes, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
11:08 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made finger-roll layup 0-3
10:49 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 2-3
10:34   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
10:26 +2 Aron Baynes made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 4-3
10:20   Bad pass turnover on Darren Collison, stolen by Aron Baynes  
10:17 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 7-3
9:56   Thaddeus Young missed hook shot  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:34 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 9-3
9:13   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
9:12   Personal foul on Darren Collison  
9:09   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
9:07   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
8:59   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:54   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
8:47   Bad pass turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Wesley Matthews  
8:41 +2 Wesley Matthews made finger-roll layup 9-5
8:10   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
8:10 +1 Myles Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 12-6
8:10 +1 Myles Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 12-7
7:55 +3 Al Horford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 15-7
7:28   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:00   Out of bounds turnover on Wesley Matthews  
6:49   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
6:43 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Myles Turner 18-10
6:26 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 20-10
6:12   Wesley Matthews missed floating jump shot  
6:03 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot, assist by Al Horford 22-10
5:47 +2 Darren Collison made jump shot 22-12
5:31   Al Horford missed turnaround jump shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
5:23 +2 Darren Collison made driving layup 22-14
5:10 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 25-14
4:53 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made fade-away jump shot 25-16
4:14 +2 Darren Collison made finger-roll layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 27-18
4:00 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 29-18
3:46   Lost ball turnover on Myles Turner, stolen by Jayson Tatum  
3:42   Jayson Tatum missed layup, blocked by Thaddeus Young  
3:42   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
3:30   Tyreke Evans missed layup, blocked by Kyrie Irving  
3:27   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
3:26 +2 Myles Turner made jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 29-21
3:15   Personal foul on Doug McDermott  
3:09 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 32-21
2:49   Myles Turner missed layup  
2:47   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
2:42 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 34-21
2:17   Shooting foul on Daniel Theis  
2:17   Domantas Sabonis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:16   Defensive rebound by Daniel Theis  
1:55   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
1:52 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Morris 37-22
1:37 +3 Domantas Sabonis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyreke Evans 37-25
1:24   Personal foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
1:04   Personal foul on Jaylen Brown  
0:56   Domantas Sabonis missed layup  
0:54   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:47 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marcus Morris 40-25
0:34   Bojan Bogdanovic missed driving layup, blocked by Jaylen Brown  
0:31   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
0:27   Out of bounds turnover on Marcus Morris  
0:08 +3 Tyreke Evans made 3-pt. jump shot 40-28
0:02   Shooting foul on Doug McDermott  
0:02   BOS team rebound  
0:02 +1 Jaylen Brown made 2nd of 3 free throws 41-28
0:02   Jaylen Brown missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
0:02   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Domantas Sabonis missed jump shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
11:25 +2 Jaylen Brown made jump shot 43-28
11:11 +2 Tyreke Evans made reverse layup 43-30
11:04   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:41   Shooting foul on Cory Joseph  
10:41   Marcus Morris missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:41 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-30
10:29 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 44-33
10:10   Shooting foul on Tyreke Evans  
10:10 +1 Gordon Hayward made 1st of 2 free throws 45-33
10:10 +1 Gordon Hayward made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-33
9:47 +2 Domantas Sabonis made turnaround jump shot 46-35
9:34   Offensive foul on Al Horford  
9:34   Turnover on Al Horford  
9:16   Domantas Sabonis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:12   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
8:57   Lost ball turnover on Jaylen Brown, stolen by Cory Joseph  
8:52   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:49   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
8:28 +3 Al Horford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 49-35
8:11 +3 Tyreke Evans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 49-38
7:49 +2 Tyreke Evans made finger-roll layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 49-40
7:35 +3 Marcus Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 52-40
7:07 +3 Cory Joseph made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 52-43
6:43   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot, blocked by Domantas Sabonis  
6:40   Defensive rebound by Cory Joseph  
6:32 +2 Thaddeus Young made finger-roll layup, assist by Cory Joseph 52-45
6:11   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
6:08   Shooting foul on Jayson Tatum  
6:08 +1 Tyreke Evans made 1st of 2 free throws 52-46
6:08 +1 Tyreke Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-47
5:47   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
5:40 +2 Thaddeus Young made dunk, assist by Domantas Sabonis 52-49
5:16   Offensive foul on Kyrie Irving  
5:06 +3 Tyreke Evans made 3-pt. jump shot 52-52
4:52   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
4:41 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot 55-52
4:28   Personal foul on Gordon Hayward  
4:20   Domantas Sabonis missed jump shot  
4:17   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
3:57   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
3:44   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
3:44   IND team rebound  
3:44   Thaddeus Young missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
3:26 +2 Gordon Hayward made jump shot 57-52
3:07 +2 Thaddeus Young made driving layup, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 57-54
2:50   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
2:18 +2 Thaddeus Young made hook shot 57-56
1:57   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
1:57   Aron Baynes missed dunk  
1:48   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
1:43   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:40   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
1:24 +3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 57-59
1:03   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:59   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
0:54   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:51   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
0:43 +2 Al Horford made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 59-59
0:30 +2 Darren Collison made alley-oop shot, assist by Myles Turner 59-61
0:06   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
0:00   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
0:00   IND team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:40 +3 Myles Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 59-64
11:22   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
10:56   Darren Collison missed finger-roll layup  
10:55   IND team rebound  
10:48   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
10:48   Shooting foul on Thaddeus Young  
10:48   Jaylen Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:48   BOS team rebound  
10:48 +1 Jaylen Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 60-64
10:35   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:32   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
10:20   Offensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
10:10 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 63-64
9:40   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
9:28   Out of bounds turnover on Thaddeus Young  
9:11   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
9:08   BOS team rebound  
8:58   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
8:40   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
8:35   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:32   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
8:20   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:17   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
8:03   Personal foul on Kyrie Irving  
7:57   Darren Collison missed jump shot  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
7:43   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
7:38   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:20 +2 Jayson Tatum made turnaround jump shot 65-64
7:04   Thaddeus Young missed reverse layup  
6:49   BOS team rebound  
6:37   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
6:23   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
6:21 +2 Jayson Tatum made dunk, assist by Kyrie Irving 67-64
6:02 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made floating jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 67-66
5:46   Gordon Hayward missed jump shot  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
5:40   Personal foul on Gordon Hayward  
5:34   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
5:34 +1 Myles Turner made free throw 67-69
5:07   Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:04   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
4:48   Offensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:48 +2 Marcus Morris made dunk 69-69
4:39   Bojan Bogdanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
4:30 +2 Jaylen Brown made jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 71-69
4:12 +2 Myles Turner made finger-roll layup, assist by Darren Collison 71-71
3:56 +3 Kyrie Irving made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 74-71
3:24   Bojan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
3:21   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
3:19   Thaddeus Young missed driving layup  
3:17   Offensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
3:05   Tyreke Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:01   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
2:53   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
2:44   Offensive foul on Darren Collison  
2:44   Turnover on Darren Collison  
2:31   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:27   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
2:04 +2 Domantas Sabonis made layup 74-73
1:47   Shooting foul on Darren Collison  
1:47 +1 Terry Rozier made 1st of 3 free throws 75-73
1:47 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 3 free throws 76-73
1:47 +1 Terry Rozier made 3rd of 3 free throws 77-73
1:22   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
1:05   Terry Rozier missed jump shot  
1:03   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
0:49   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
0:27   Terry Rozier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:22   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
0:22 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 80-73
0:01   IND team rebound  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Jayson Tatum missed driving layup, blocked by Tyreke Evans  
11:40   Bad pass turnover on Terry Rozier, stolen by Domantas Sabonis  
11:10   Lost ball turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Thaddeus Young  
11:07   Out of bounds turnover on Thaddeus Young  
10:54 +2 Marcus Morris made fade-away jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 82-76
10:27   Cory Joseph missed driving layup, blocked by Terry Rozier  
10:27   BOS team rebound  
10:12   Gordon Hayward missed floating jump shot  
10:07   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:05   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:56 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made finger-roll layup 82-78
9:34 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 84-78
9:19   Lost ball turnover on Tyreke Evans, stolen by Al Horford  
9:16   Lost ball turnover on Terry Rozier, stolen by Bojan Bogdanovic  
9:12   Cory Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:09   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
8:59   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
8:49   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
8:49   Tyreke Evans missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:49   IND team rebound  
8:49 +1 Tyreke Evans made 2nd of 2 free throws 84-79
8:29 +2 Jayson Tatum made jump shot 86-79
8:15   Personal foul on Jayson Tatum  
8:06   Offensive foul on Domantas Sabonis  
7:50   Jayson Tatum missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:48   Personal foul on Aron Baynes  
7:29 +2 Cory Joseph made finger-roll layup, assist by Domantas Sabonis 86-81
7:22   Traveling violation turnover on Terry Rozier  
7:22   Violation  
7:10 +3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 86-84
6:50   Kyrie Irving missed fade-away jump shot  
6:47