As Darren Collison pulled up and nailed a three-point jumper with just over a minute remaining in the game to bring the Indiana lead to 15 points, the Pacer bench erupted with emotion. Quite the difference two days make as they were a distraught bunch after the loss to the Heat. Tonight it was nothing but smiles for everyone.
This game featured some highs and lows for both teams. The first half wasn't pretty as both teams struggled to score and the Pacers were fortunate to take a 33-25 lead into halftime. The Celtics failed to score in the final four minutes of the half.
Boston, led in scoring by Ray Allen (23 PTS 3 REB), couldn't get it going throughout the night. While Allen was on point, especially from behind the three-point line, the rest of the team failed to contribute.
The Pacers, on the other hand, executed a "total team victory." While nobody took over, they were able to distribute the ball. After their rough first half, they were able to put together a solid second half and take a 63-55 lead into the fourth quarter thanks to a nine-point third quarter by Darren Collison (14 PTS, 4 ASST).
Danny Garnger led all Pacers with 15 points, but he struggled throughout the game. Most of his points early came from the free throw line, and he whiffed on several wide open shot throughout the game. Roy Hibbert posted yet another double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
This was the first home loss for the Celtics this season, and their overall record now sits at 4-4 on the year. They are now getting some much needed time off as they are able to rest up and look for answers. Their next game isn't until next Wednesday when they host the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks.
Indiana has no such break as they go home to face off against the Charlotte Bobcats (2-5) tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.
Tonight's victory against the Celtics was coach Frank Vogels first win in Boston where he started his career as a video coordinator. Congrats to him, and congrats to the Pacers on a solid road win.