BOSTON — Another playoff game, the same story for the Indiana Pacers.
A sloppy second half allowed the Boston Celtics to take a second win in a row in their opening round playoff series with the blue and gold. Final score was 99-91.
It also didn’t help that Celtics guard Kyrie Riving scored 37 points leading a fourth quarter rally after the Pacers had regained an 11 point lead heading into the final period.
“There’s always been one quarter that kills us in the second half,” said Pacers forward Thaddeus Young. “Last game it was the third quarter. As you could see tonight it was the fourth when we only scored 12 points.”
In Game One the Pacers scored just 8 points in the third quarter. Last night they outscored Boston 29-16 in the third, only to be outscored in the fourth quarter 31-12.
“We’ve got to finish,” said head coach Nate McMillan. “We’ve got to do a better job of finishing games in situations like that. Execution on both ends of the floor and being clear about what you want to do.”
Bojon Bogdonovic finished the game with 23 points to led the Pacers. The series shifts to Indianapolis for Game 3 tomorrow night with the Pacers coming home facing a 2-0 deficit.
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