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Celtics complete rare sweep by beating Pacers 110-106

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris took care of some housecleaning Sunday.

They dusted off their 3-point shooting touch in time to help the Boston Celtics complete a clean sweep.

Hayward scored 20 points, Morris added 18 and the duo combined for five 3s over the final 5 1/2 minutes to give Boston a 110-106 victory and its first 4-0 series victory in eight years.

''I knew there was going to be a spark off the bench. (On Sunday) and that person was Gordon Hayward,'' All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said. ''This is his city. I'm glad he had a chance to put on a performance like that in a closeout game.''

Just how rare is a sweep for a franchise with a league-record 17 titles?

Since 1986-87, the Celtics had done it just once - in the first round against the New York Knicks. And between the Celtics' title-clinching sweep over the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958-59 and their perfect run through the 1985-86 Eastern Conference finals against Milwaukee, the Celtics achieved it just twice - in 1979 against Houston and in 1980 against Chicago.

So when coach Brad Stevens was asked Saturday about how he'd react if his players earned some time off, Stevens said he wasn't sure.

Now, last year's Eastern Conference runner-ups can start a new to-do list with a potential matchup looming against the top-seeded Bucks.

''It's going to take everything we have,'' Hayward said. ''That's why it's good we finished this series. We can rest up, prepare, and have some extra time.''

Clearly, the Celtics played better than a No. 4 seed in this series.

They won the first three games on the strength of a suffocating second-half defense that twice limited the Pacers 12-point quarters and once to eight. This time, they finished the job by grinding it out behind a group of polished veterans.

The game swung when Indiana guard Cory Joseph was called for a Flagrant 1 foul with 6:45 left. Jayson Tatum made both free throws to give Boston an 83-82 lead. After Al Horford made 1 of 2 free throws on Boston's next possession and then Morris knocked down a 3 and Hayward completed a three-point play to give the Celtics a 90-83 advantage with 4:15 to go.

Hayward and Morris were just getting started. Over the next three-plus minutes, they made three more 3s to give Boston a 102-90 lead with 1:04 to go.

Even a final flurry of 3s couldn't bail out Indiana. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and Tyreke Evans scored a playoff career-high 21 as the Pacers got swept for the second time in three years - the only two times it has happened in franchise history.

''They got hot,'' Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. ''They started making shots and we stopped making shots. That's one of the biggest thing that's haunted us through this whole series.''

TIP-INS

Celtics: Closed out the series with their seventh straight win against Indiana this season. ... Irving had 14 points and seven assists. Tatum had 18 points and eight rebounds and Morris also had eight rebounds. ... Al Horford had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. ... Jaylen Brown added 13 points and Terry Rozier added 11 off the bench. ... Boston was 11 of 28 on 3s, 5 of 7 in the fourth.

Pacers: Darren Collison had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Young added nine points and nine rebounds. ... Domantas Sabonis scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Myles Turner had 13 points and seven rebounds.... The Pacers shot 40.9 percent from the field in the game and missed more than a handful of shots at the rim. ...

THE BIG O

Pacers fans welcomed back All-Star guard Victor Oladipo with a standing ovation Sunday, his first public appearance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since he suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee.

Oladipo sat safely behind Indiana's bench, stood and waved to the crowd when he was introduced during the first stoppage in play.

While Oladipo did not talk to reporters, he did get a hug and spoke briefly with Irving after the final buzzer sounded.

THEY SAID IT

Celtics: ''You have to earn it every time you play the Pacers,'' Stevens said. ''They just play so hard, and they play so together. If you take your foot off the gas at any point in time, you're in trouble.''

Pacers: ''A lot of people downplayed Boston as a team,'' coach Nate McMillan said. ''But we knew they would get it right come playoff time.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Will wait for their second-round opponent.

Pacers: Contemplate how to improve next season.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:44   Thaddeus Young missed layup  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
11:27   Shooting foul on Darren Collison  
11:27   Kyrie Irving missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:27   BOS team rebound  
11:27 +1 Kyrie Irving made 2nd of 2 free throws 1-0
10:58   Offensive foul on Bojan Bogdanovic  
10:58   Turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic  
10:52 +2 Kyrie Irving made floating jump shot 5-0
10:31   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
10:28 +3 Jayson Tatum made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 8-0
10:03   Myles Turner missed jump shot  
9:51   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
9:31 +3 Thaddeus Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 8-3
9:03   Al Horford missed jump shot  
9:01   BOS team rebound  
9:02   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
8:50 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made driving layup, assist by Thaddeus Young 8-5
8:50   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
8:50 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made free throw 8-6
8:29   Out of bounds turnover on Jayson Tatum  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
7:56   Jaylen Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:43 +2 Darren Collison made jump shot 8-8
7:25   Jaylen Brown missed jump shot  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
7:15   Shooting foul on Kyrie Irving  
7:15 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 8-9
7:15 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-10
6:48 +3 Darren Collison made 3-pt. jump shot 8-13
6:32   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:29   BOS team rebound  
6:29   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
6:29 +1 Kyrie Irving made free throw 9-13
6:19 +2 Gordon Hayward made jump shot, assist by Jayson Tatum 11-13
6:10   Darren Collison missed finger-roll layup  
6:07   Offensive rebound by Myles Turner  
6:07 +2 Myles Turner made dunk 11-15
5:55 +2 Jayson Tatum made floating jump shot 13-15
5:32   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
5:27   Offensive foul on Jayson Tatum  
5:27   Turnover on Jayson Tatum  
5:12   Thaddeus Young missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:10   Defensive rebound by Kyrie Irving  
5:04 +2 Jayson Tatum made driving layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 15-15
4:45 +2 Myles Turner made layup, assist by Bojan Bogdanovic 15-17
4:28   Jayson Tatum missed fade-away jump shot  
4:26   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
4:21   Bojan Bogdanovic missed driving layup  
4:21   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
4:14 +2 Jaylen Brown made driving layup 17-17
3:40   Marcus Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:37   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
3:23   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:06   Offensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
3:05   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
3:04   Al Horford missed layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
2:55   Offensive rebound by Myles Turner  
2:55   Myles Turner missed dunk  
2:53   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
2:49   Offensive foul on Gordon Hayward  
2:49   Turnover on Gordon Hayward  
2:33   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
2:29   Personal foul on Aaron Holiday  
2:19   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
2:08 +3 Cory Joseph made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 17-20
1:52   Out of bounds turnover on Kyrie Irving  
1:44 +2 Domantas Sabonis made layup, assist by Cory Joseph 17-22
1:30   Shooting foul on Tyreke Evans  
1:30 +1 Gordon Hayward made 1st of 2 free throws 18-22
1:30 +1 Gordon Hayward made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-22
1:17   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
1:17   Domantas Sabonis missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:17   IND team rebound  
1:17 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-23
0:55 +2 Gordon Hayward made driving dunk, assist by Al Horford 21-23
0:30   Defensive rebound by Terry Rozier  
0:21   Gordon Hayward missed layup  
0:19   BOS team rebound  
0:19   Traveling violation turnover on Gordon Hayward  
0:00   BOS team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:41 +2 Marcus Morris made fade-away jump shot 23-23
11:20   Cory Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:16   Tyreke Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:14   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
11:06   Jayson Tatum missed floating jump shot  
11:04   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
11:04 +1 Al Horford made 1st of 2 free throws 24-23
11:04 +1 Al Horford made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-23
10:45 +2 Cory Joseph made hook shot 25-25
10:31   Personal foul on Aaron Holiday  
10:19 +2 Al Horford made jump shot 27-25
10:08   Tyreke Evans missed layup  
10:06   Defensive rebound by Gordon Hayward  
9:59   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
9:46   Bad pass turnover on Bojan Bogdanovic, stolen by Gordon Hayward  
9:18   Tyreke Evans missed driving layup, blocked by Gordon Hayward  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Tyreke Evans  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
8:38 +2 Terry Rozier made jump shot 31-25
8:27   Offensive foul on Aaron Holiday  
8:27   Turnover on Aaron Holiday  
8:16 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jaylen Brown 34-25
7:51 +3 Tyreke Evans made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 34-28
7:32 +2 Marcus Morris made jump shot, assist by Terry Rozier 36-28
7:19   Tyreke Evans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:14   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
7:13   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
7:06   Traveling violation turnover on Terry Rozier  
6:50   BOS team rebound  
6:50   Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis  
6:33   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
6:17 +2 Domantas Sabonis made reverse layup 36-30
6:07   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
5:57 +2 Tyreke Evans made driving layup 36-32
5:57   Shooting foul on Daniel Theis  
5:57 +1 Tyreke Evans made free throw 36-33
5:45   Offensive foul on Gordon Hayward  
5:45   Turnover on Gordon Hayward  
5:23 +2 Thaddeus Young made finger-roll layup, assist by Wesley Matthews 36-35
4:59 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 38-35
4:35   Defensive rebound by Daniel Theis  
4:30   Kyrie Irving missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:14   Darren Collison missed layup  
4:11   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
4:01 +2 Marcus Morris made jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 40-35
3:31   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
3:24   Bad pass turnover on Kyrie Irving, stolen by Darren Collison  
3:06   Shooting foul on Myles Turner  
3:06 +1 Jayson Tatum made 1st of 2 free throws 41-37
3:06 +1 Jayson Tatum made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-37
2:35 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al Horford 45-39
2:19 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made layup, assist by Darren Collison 45-41
2:07   Offensive foul on Jaylen Brown  
2:07   Turnover on Jaylen Brown  
1:51   Bojan Bogdanovic missed jump shot  
1:48   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
1:41   Bad pass turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Darren Collison  
1:38   Shooting foul on Kyrie Irving  
1:38 +1 Darren Collison made 1st of 2 free throws 45-42
1:38 +1 Darren Collison made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-43
1:12 +2 Darren Collison made driving layup 47-45
0:55   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
0:42 +2 Myles Turner made jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 47-47
0:27   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
0:07   Shooting foul on Al Horford  
0:07 +1 Darren Collison made 1st of 2 free throws 47-48
0:07 +1 Darren Collison made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-49
0:00   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
0:00   BOS team rebound  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
11:42   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
11:42   Al Horford missed dunk  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
11:28 +2 Myles Turner made jump shot, assist by Darren Collison 47-51
11:10 +2 Aron Baynes made layup, assist by Kyrie Irving 49-51
11:05 +3 Bojan Bogdanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wesley Matthews 49-54
10:46   Kyrie Irving missed jump shot  
10:42   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
10:38   Shooting foul on Jaylen Brown  
10:38 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 1st of 2 free throws 49-55
10:38 +1 Bojan Bogdanovic made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-56
10:20 +2 Jaylen Brown made driving layup 51-56
9:58   Defensive rebound by Jayson Tatum  
9:53   Jayson Tatum missed jump shot  
9:50   IND team rebound  
9:40   Bad pass turnover on Jayson Tatum, stolen by Wesley Matthews  
9:28   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
9:03 +3 Al Horford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 54-58
8:46   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:42   Defensive rebound by Jaylen Brown  
8:30   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
8:20   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
8:10   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
8:05 +2 Bojan Bogdanovic made reverse layup 54-60
7:50   Traveling violation turnover on Al Horford  
7:37   Backcourt turnover on Darren Collison  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
7:11   Bad pass turnover on Thaddeus Young, stolen by Aron Baynes  
6:43   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:40   Offensive rebound by Thaddeus Young  
6:39 +3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Thaddeus Young 56-63
6:24   Defensive rebound by Darren Collison  
6:11   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
6:05 +3 Jaylen Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 59-63
5:47   Shooting foul on Aron Baynes  
5:47 +1 Myles Turner made 1st of 2 free throws 59-64
5:38 +3 Gordon Hayward made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyrie Irving 62-65
5:25   Backcourt turnover on Wesley Matthews  
5:16   Offensive foul on Aron Baynes  
5:16   Turnover on Aron Baynes  
4:52   Darren Collison missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:49   Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes  
4:39 +2 Kyrie Irving made jump shot 64-65
4:18 +2 Thaddeus Young made layup 64-67
4:18   Violation  
4:01   Marcus Morris missed jump shot  
3:58   Defensive rebound by Bojan Bogdanovic  
3:47   Bojan Bogdanovic missed finger-roll layup  
3:43   Shooting foul on Marcus Morris  
3:43   Myles Turner missed 1st of 2 free throws  
3:43 +1 Myles Turner made 2nd of 2 free throws 64-68
3:29 +2 Al Horford made jump shot, assist by Gordon Hayward 66-68
3:11   Wesley Matthews missed jump shot  
3:08   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
3:07   Bad pass turnover on Domantas Sabonis, stolen by Gordon Hayward  
2:56   Gordon Hayward missed driving layup  
2:54   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
2:54 +2 Al Horford made dunk 68-68
2:31   Myles Turner missed layup  
2:28 +2 Domantas Sabonis made dunk 68-70
2:17   Shooting foul on Domantas Sabonis  
2:17   Terry Rozier missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:17 +1 Terry Rozier made 2nd of 2 free throws 69-70
2:05   Shooting foul on Terry Rozier  
2:05 +1 Darren Collison made 1st of 2 free throws 69-71
2:05 +1 Darren Collison made 2nd of 2 free throws 69-72
1:51 +2 Kyrie Irving made finger-roll layup 71-72
1:33   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:25   Defensive rebound by Al Horford  
1:18   Al Horford missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:15   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
0:51   Personal foul on Myles Turner  
0:38   Offensive rebound by Al Horford  
0:36   Lost ball turnover on Al Horford, stolen by Cory Joseph  
0:27   Cory Joseph missed driving layup  
0:25   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
0:25   Personal foul on Domantas Sabonis  
0:25 +1 Marcus Morris made 1st of 2 free throws 72-72
0:25 +1 Marcus Morris made 2nd of 2 free throws 73-72
0:00   Tyreke Evans missed layup  
0:00   Offensive rebound by Darren Collison  
0:00   IND team rebound  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Violation  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Marcus Morris  
11:14 +3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot 76-72
10:55