Pacers 97, Celtics 83: Boston Suffers Fourth Straight Loss In Indiana

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 21 points each, but the Boston Celtics were routed by the Indiana Pacers, 97-83, for the second time this season. Boston has now dropped four games and is now 4-7. Danny Granger scored 21 for Indiana.

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Celtics Vs. Pacers Final Score: Boston Drops Fourth Straight, 97-83

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored 21 points apiece, but the Boston Celtics were thoroughly defeated by the Indiana Pacers, 97-83, for the second time this season on Saturday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Boston has now lost four straight games and sits at 4-6. Boston's first loss of the current losing streak also came against the Pacers, an 87-74 loss last Friday, in which the Celtics tied a franchise low with 25 first-half points in the ugly loss.

Brandon Bass scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds of the bench for Boston, which was limited to 38.6 percent shooting (32-for-83). Ray Allen scored seven, Rajon Rondo had six points and nine assists and Jermaine O'Neal had 12 rebounds to go along with three points for the Celtics.

Danny Granger scored 21 points to lead Indiana, which made 35-of-94 baskets to shoot 37.2 percent. Darren Collison and Paul George each scored 17 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers.

Indiana took a 29-24 lead after the first quarter and outscored the Celtics again in the second, 27-24. The Pacers didn't let off the gas in the second half, outscoring the C's 26-19 in the third before being outscored 16-15 in the final quarter.

Boston is off on Sunday and returns home to face the Oklahoma CIty Thunder on Monday.


Final - 1.14.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 24 24 19 16 83
Indiana Pacers 29 27 26 15 97

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Celtics Vs. Pacers Halftime Score: Indiana Holds 56-48 Lead

The undercard involving a Boston team on this Sunday night is happening in Indiana, and the Boston Celtics aren't doing so well away from the bright lights that are attending to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Boston trails the Pacers, 56-48, at halftime.

Indiana got 13 points from Paul George and 12 points from Danny Granger in the first half, and the Pacers' defense has limited the Celtics to under 40 percent shooting from the field.

Kevin Garnett, who has taken 13 shots, has 13 points to lead the Celtics. Paul Pierce has added 11 points.

Beyond the scoreboard, other parts of the box score are more or less even. Both teams had 23 rebounds and seven turnovers at the half, and while the Celtics had shot 16 free throws, the Pacers were only one shot better, at 17 attempts from the charity stripe.

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Celtics Vs. Pacers: Paul Pierce, Boston Seek Revenge In Indiana

Paul Pierce and the struggling Boston Celtics (4-6) seek revenge against Danny Granger and the Indiana Pacers (8-2) in the second game of a back-to-back at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday night in Indiana (TV/Radio: CSNNE/WEEI).

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