The Boston Celtics used the fourth quarter to defeat the Indiana Pacers and booked a 2-0 series lead, 91-99.
The Pacers entered the fourth quarter having a nine-point advantage, 79-68. Then after 40 seconds have passed in the final quarter, Tyreke Evans launched a three-pointer to take off the noise in the TD Garden.
Yet, it was the start of their woes as they held scoreless for almost nine minutes.
The Celtics made a huge surge as they orchestrated a 14-0 run for a comeback.
Celtics super sophomore Jayson Tatum puts an exclamation mark to their game as he saw an open lane for a slam dunk with only 8.8 seconds remaining. Tatum gave Boston a much larger breathing room as their lead bumped to five, 96-91.
Kyrie Irving keeps Celtics within the striking distance against the trademark physical defense of Indiana. Irving led Boston with his 37 points to go along with six rebounds and seven assists.
Gordon Hayward logged 13 points but most of his markers came in the most crucial moments of the game.
Bojan Bogdanović was the Paces scoring leader logging 23 points and 8 rebounds. Bogdanović was 4-of-8 from the three-point territory.
Game 3 of Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers is scheduled on Saturday at 8:30 AM (PHI time)
Boston vs Indiana Box Score
Quarters: 33-29 | 17-23 | 29-16 | 12-31
Celtics (99) – Tatum 26, Horford 4, Baynes 5, Irving 37, Brown 6, Hayward 13, Rozier 4, Theis 4
Pacers (91) – Bogdanović 23, Young 15, Turner 8, Collison 13, Matthews 6, Sabonis 1, Joseph 6, Evans 13, McDermott 4, Holiday 2