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Celtics beat Pacers in game one 84-74

Celtics beat Pacers in game one 84-74”

Boston got the first basket of the second quarter - a nifty euro-step finish in transition by Gordon Hayward - but in rattled off nine consecutive points and carried that lead into the break thanks in part to Boston's 32.5 percent shooting from the floor, 23.5 percent shooting from three and 10 turnovers, which led to 11 points. They continued to struggle to score and at the 5:21 mark in the final quarter, Boston led by 20, 79-59, and the game was effectively over.

The Pacers, seeded fifth in the East, missed their first seven shots of the second half and mixed in three turnovers as their seven-point lead turned into a 47-45 deficit before Myles Turner hit one of two free throws with 7:02 left in the period. By then, the Celtics scored 15 of the quarter's first 16 points to go ahead 53-46. We can expect a better shooting performance from the Celtics this time around, but I'm not sure we can say the same for the Pacers.

Kyrie Irving's Boston Celtics' playoff debut resulted in a win.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball while center Aron Baynes (46) blocks Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) during the second half in game one of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

Morris, who was recently bumped from the starting lineup in favor of center Aron Baynes, nearly singlehandedly kept the Celtics afloat by scoring 12 of their next 14 points.

Both teams shot under 40 percent for the game.

Smart would have appreciated Boston's defensive effort in the series opener.

The Celtics' 84 points were their fewest of the season and marked the first time they scored fewer than 100 points and won.

Boston's offense finally came alive in the third quarter when they played with some gosh darned PACE!

"I thought we kind of lost our way", McMillan said. Those happen to be Indiana Pacers colors as well, but it was all green on Sunday at the start of what Celtics fans hope is a long postseason run. The good news, if you want to spin it that way, is that Boston got all the open looks they wanted. The Pacers also made just six of their 27 3-point attempts. I love getting a lot of points in a relatively low-scoring game as points are at a premium.



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