Celtics late rally stuns Pacers in Indiana

Celtics late rally stuns Pacers in Indiana

There was no joking about Rozier settling for layups Monday night against the Indiana Pacers, not after he raced to track down a steal in the final seconds then capitalized with a game-winning slam at the other end. "We just have to continue to get better".

- The Pacers spent much of their time at the free-throw line, connecting on 30 of 38 (!) attempts from the charity stripe compared to Boston's 8-of-14 line.

The Indiana Pacers were 10 seconds from victory against the Boston Celtics, one point ahead with possession of the ball.

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 30 points. Oladipo followed with a scoop for his ninth straight point and a 107-102 IN lead with 31.3 seconds remaining. Al Horford flirted with a triple double, scoring 14 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out nine assists.

IN was paced by Oladipo's 38 points, 30 of which came after halftime. IN has played at a 100.16 pace (11th) this season while averaging 15.1 fast break points (3rd) and outscoring their opponents by 4.0 points in this area. As Celtics head coach Brad Stevens called timeout, the packed building rose to its feed when Oladipo did his now-signature pointing to the court - a symbol for protecting home court.

The Celtics (26-7) were up by as many as 19 points, but the Pacers (17-14) trimmed a 15-point halftime deficit to seven heading into the fourth quarter. After Lance Stephenson hit a pair of free throws to extend Indiana's lead to 109-105, Marcus Smart answered right back for the Celtics, converting a six-foot floater to narrow the lead to two yet again. "We've got to have a better start".

"It's a 48-minute game and we just lost our composure", IN coach Nate McMillan said of the poor execution.

- Boston became the first team to win a game this season after trailing by five or more with 20 seconds left in regulation.

By the time Irving checked in with 5:23 left, though, the Pacers had run off four points of their own, cutting the Celtics lead yet again to five points, including an Oladipo drive off a Larkin turnover. The Celtics finished the game shooting 55 percent from the floor on 44 of 79.

Jimmy Butler powered through a recent bout of back spasms to score 37 points in the Minnesota Timberwolves' 108-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Hornets 109, Knicks 91: Frank Kaminsky scored 15 of his season-high-tying 24 points in the first half to give host Charlotte a jolt off the bench in snapping a three-game skid.

Terry Rozier jumped in front of a pass thrown by the Indiana Pacers' Bojan Bogdanovic at midcourt with four seconds left, got out in front of the break and dunked with 1.6 seconds as the C's pulled out a 112-111 win.

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