Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Pacers best Celtics, 94-83
The Celtics didn't lack heart in this ugly, dirty, gritty game in Indiana. Boston shot just 35.2 percent, but they remained close. They avoided a blowout in the middle of the third quarter, when the Pacers nearly ran with the game with a 15 lead. Boston got within a point a couple times in the 4th quarter. But Boston couldn't put enough stops together, and the offense was running dry all night in a 94-83 loss.
Jared Sullinger scored a team-high 17 points with nine rebounds (seven on the offensive glass)off the bench, while Kris Humphries registered 15 points and nine rebounds. Chris Johnson added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting while providing energy off the Boston bench.
Rajon Rondo had a poor shooting night, shooting 4-15 finishing with eight points and eight assists, and Jeff Green was right there with him, shooting 3-14 and finishing with 12 points. Rondo like everyone else on the team didn't lack effort in this one. The Pacers do have the best defense in the game, even though they played some poor basketball. I wasn't thrilled that Stevens pulled the plug on Hump in the 4th, Hump was playing the best, and he was playing well inside.
-Bynum made his debut with the Pacers. Bynum scored 8 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds in 16 minuets.
-Celtics only had 16 assists, with just 10 turnovers.
-Celtics 41 rebounds, Pacers 43 rebounds.
-C's 20 offensive rebounds.