Celtics 86, Pacers 72: Paul Pierce, Ray Allen Help Boston Outpace Indiana

Paul Pierce scored a game-high 24 points and Ray Allen added 19 points off the bench as the Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers, 86-72, on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Danny Granger had 20 points for Indiana.

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Celtics Vs. Pacers Final Score: Boston Outpaces Indiana, 86-72

Paul Pierce was held to five points in the first half, but a strong second half from the captain brought him up to 24 points as the Boston Celtics past the Indiana Pacers, 86-72, on Saturday evening at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Boston (31- 24) took the reigns early on, leading by 15 at one point in the first half before entering halftime with a 43-33 edge. Indiana outscored Boston, 16-13, in the third, but Pierce had 13 of the team's third-quarter points and the Celtics steered clear of the Pacers in the fourth, outscoring them 27-21 to bring their two-game losing streak to an end.

Rajon Rondo had eight assists in the first half and finished with 12 dimes and four points. Ray Allen, who came off the bench with Avery Bradley (four points) in the starting lineup, had 19 points and Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points and seven boards. Greg Stiemsma had an impressive first half and totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

Danny Granger had 20 points and David West added 16 points for the Pacers (34-22).

Boston returns home to face the Philadelphia 76ers at 6 p.m. ET on Easter Sunday.


Final - 4.7.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Boston Celtics 24 19 16 27 86
Indiana Pacers 19 14 18 21 72

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Celtics Vs. Pacers Halftime Score: Boston Leads, 43-33, At The Break

Rajon Rondo picked apart the Indiana Pacers with nine assists in the first half and both Greg Stiemsma and Ray Allen had the scoring touch as the Boston Celtics took a 43-33 lead over Indiana into halftime on Saturday night in Indianapolis.

Rondo, who only had two points on 1-of-3 shooting, had eight of his nine assists in the first quarter and is one assist away from having double-digit assists in 16 straight games.

Stiemsma had a terrific half, scoring 10 on 4-of-4 shooting while grabbing five rebounds and blocking five shots. Allen, who came off the bench for the second straight game, had 10 points and Sasha Pavlovic chipped in with eight points. Paul Pierce scored five, Avery Bradley had four points and both Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass scored two points.

Roy Hibbert had eight points and 11 rebounds and Danny Granger and David West each scored eight to lead Indiana, which was held to 31.6 percent from the field in the half.



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Celtics Vs. Pacers: Boston, Indiana Meet In Possible Playoff Preview

Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics (30-24) look to earn a season series split against the Indiana Pacers (34-21) as the two teams meet for the final time at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (CSNNE/WEEI).

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