Indiana vs Boston: Celtics Beat Pacers, Back in First Place with Bulls

Richard HurdContributor IMarch 16, 2011

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 16:  Jeff Green #8 is congratulated by Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics as Green is pulled from the game on March 16, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 92-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Tonight, the Boston Celtics celebrated 30 years of Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn announcing games (Give them a Tommy Point!) in style: with a win.

In a true gift to Heinsohn, the Celtics had 20 more free throw attempts than the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers, coming off of back-to-back wins over the New York Knicks, controlled the first quarter. At the end of one, Indiana held 20-15 advantage over the Celtics.

Boston's bench provided the spark in the second quarter that swayed the game the Celtics way. The catalyst was Jeff Green, who scored 17 first half points and 13 of them in the second. A barrage of threes by Ray Allen and Paul Pierce had the Celtics lead up to 13, 44-31.

Indiana was able to close the gap to seven by the end of the half, 47-40.

Coming out of the half, Boston remained in control of the game, slowly building on their lead. By the end of the third, it had reached its height at 14 on a buzzer beating three by Carlos Arroyo, 74-60.

The fourth played out the same as the third, with the Celtics reaching a peak of an 18-point lead.

Indiana finished off the final quarter the same way they finished every other quarter of the game, by reaching the 20-point mark. That wouldn't be enough to get a win tonight, as the Celtics won 92-90.

At the end of one, Indiana was one-of-four from the line, compared to one-of-two from Boston. Indiana was perfect from the charity stripe for the rest of the game, eight-of-eight.

Boston? 25-of-31—that played a bit of a factor in tonight's game.

After the Bulls pulled ahead by a half-game for the lead in the Eastern Conference while the Celtics were idle last night, the Celtics returned to a tie by winning tonight, while Chicago was idle.

This is the third time Boston and Indiana have met this season. All three times Boston has been able to win by double-digits. Their last match up will be at the end of the month in Indiana, on the 28th.

The Pacers had five players in double-figures. Paul George and Danny Granger both had 15 for a team high. Josh McRoberts recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.

Pierce led all scorers with 20, he added five assists. Green was unable to keep up his first half play, only scoring one basket to finish with 19, but he's already accomplished enough turning the tide of the game in the second

Kevin Garnett (10), Nenad Kristic (11) and Ray Allen (12) combined for 33 on the night. Rajon Rondo's struggles remain, while he had eight dimes, Rondo was scoreless in the game.

Delonte West made his third return from injury on the season tonight, scoring only two, but adding a big block in the fourth. Glenn Davis went for nine and nine, and Troy Murphy added six points.