BOSTON (AP) — Tyrese Haliburton scored 33 points and the Indiana Pacers opened up a 30-point lead in the first half before holding off the collapsing Boston Celtics 117-112 on Wednesday night.
Former Celtics player Celtic Aaron Nesmith had 15 points, Chris Duarte added 14 and Myles Turner had 10 to help the Pacers win for the fourth time in five games.
Jayson Tatum led Boston by 41 points after missing a game for personal reasons while point guard Marcus Smart sat out with a non-COVID illness.
Jaylen Brown added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, and Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points. At the top of the NBA a week ago, the Celtics lost five out of six.
After a back-to-back home loss to Orlando, the Celtics fell 30 points late in the second quarter before Tatum got them back in the game.
Indiana led 71-43 at halftime and the Celtics left the field as fans in the TD Garden booed.
Tatum’s three-pointer from the right wing cut Boston’s lead to seven points midway through the last quarter.
Brown’s 3 made it 111-106 a few minutes later, but Haliburton responded with a 3 from the top on the next trip down and the Pacers ended the win.
The Pacers led by 19 points by the end of the first quarter and used an 11-0 run midway through the second to take a 59-30 lead before Nesmith’s 3 from the left corner gave them 30 points late in the first of three -Guides bestowed opening half.
Tatum had a powerful dunk over former teammate Nesmith and let out a loud yell as he faced the Pacers up front when he was fouled at the game.
Duarte deployed an unbalanced 3-pointer from deep down the left wing when the buzzer sounded in the third quarter, giving the Pacers a 100-85 lead.
Pacers: The Pacers had a season-high 42 points in the first quarter, when they shot 61.5% (16 of 26) and hit 8 of 11 from 3-point range.
Celtics: Brown fell over a TV table mid-game early in the game but got right back up. … Three starters (Al Horford, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard) remained goalless in the first half.
Pacers: In New Orleans on Monday night.
Celtics: host Minnesota in fourth of seven home games on Friday night.
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