On the strength of a 17-5 run in the second quarter, the Boston Celtics (15-17) went ahead of the Indiana Pacers (19-13) at home Friday by a score of 36-25. From there, the Celtics didn't look back, winning the game by 19 points, 94-75.
After the first quarter, the Pacers were leading, 16-15, but it was the only quarter in which they outscored Boston. Indiana had a horrid night offensively, shooting only 31.8 percent from the floor and 23.5 from behind the three-point line.
When Tyler Hansbrough is your leading scorer, it doesn't signal that the game went well. He tripled his season average for points, with 19, and added four rebounds. David West was the only other Pacer with double-digits in points, with 10.
The Celtics, on the other hand, were very strong at the offensive end. They shot 44.9 percent from the floor, including 44.4 percent on three-pointers.
Boston's bench was one of the reasons the Celtics dominated so much.
Jared Sullinger played much of the game, scoring seven points and bringing down 10 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Courtney Lee, in particular, had a strong game. He came off the bench to score 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He also had five rebounds.
You can't forget about the stalwarts, either. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce played very well, combining for 31 points on 13-of-26 shooting.
You can read the full box score here (via ESPN.com).
Player of the Game: Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics
Rajon Rondo had just another typical Rajon Rondo game where he does a little bit of everything. He finished with 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block.
The veteran point guard shot an impressive 64.2 percent from the field and managed a plus-15 in the 30 minutes he was on the floor.
Up Next for the Pacers
The Pacers face off with the 16-15 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are struggling a bit, having lost their last three games and going 4-6 in their last 10.
Up Next for the Celtics
Boston meets the Atlanta Hawks next. It's going to be a tough game for the Celtics as they have no time for rest, and they're facing the 20-11 Hawks, who are third in the East.