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It was a game emblematic of the Boston Celtics’ season.
The Celtics were down, looked done and soared back.
A Paul George three-pointer placed the Indiana Pacers ahead 81-72 with 4:35 remaining before the Celtics surged ahead with an 11-0 run to seal the win. And the final play was just as symbolic as the 83-81 Boston victory.
With the game tied in the final possession, Boston coach Doc Rivers opted to draw up a set play rather than give Paul Pierce “go get me something” instructions.
Jeff Green and Kevin Garnett executed what was essentially a simple give-and-go, when Green entered the ball to Garnett just underneath the top of the arc. Green cut casually to the hoop as Pierce set a hard screen on his man, David West, which led to a wide open layup for Green with 0.5 seconds left (see video here).
The Celtics aren’t waiting around for Rajon Rondo to make a play, and Wednesday night's win was a product of that.
The Celtics-Pacers likely won’t be the No. 2 and 7 matchup in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Celtics have won four consecutive games and are now just 1.5 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the No. 4 seed in the East.
Don’t be surprised if the upward trajectory of the Celtics shoots past the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Nets.