Pacers prove too strong for Celtics, 97-82

Pacers prove too strong for Celtics, 97-82
November 22, 2013, 9:45 pm
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BOSTON — For two quarters, the Boston Celtics were just as good - scratch that, better - than the Indiana Pacers.

But somewhere between Jordan Crawford's 3-pointer to end the half, and the start of the third quarter, order was restored.

The Pacers began playing like the best team in the NBA and the Celtics looked every bit like a bad team.

And the result was an all-too-predictable victory for the Pacers as they handed Boston their sixth straight loss, 97-82.

The Celtics were led by Crawford who scored 21 of his team-high 24 points in the first half. Jeff Green (20 points) had a solid night as well.

For the Pacers, Indiana's Lance Stephenson had a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

All-Star Paul George had a game-high 27 points for the Pacers while David West chipped in with 17 points.

Indiana (11-1), which has the best record in the East, also got strong contributions from Louis Scola (17 points) off the bench.

But the story of this game was the Pacers' top-ranked defense, which held the Celtics to just eight points in the decisive third quarter while scoring 25.

It was Boston's lowest-scoring quarter of the season.