After losing their first game in over a month on Christmas day, the Celtics bounced back tonight and defeated the Pacers 95-83.
Paul Pierce scored a game-high 21 points, making 8 of 14 field goal attempts and all three of his three-pointers, while filling up the stat sheet with seven assists and five rebounds.
Ray Allen contributed with 17 points and Kevin Garnett recorded a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds). Marquis Daniels and Glen Davis added 12 and 14 points respectively off the bench.
Brandon Rush led the Pacers with 17 points on 3-9 shooting from the field. Danny Granger also put up a weak showing, tallying 15 points on an abysmal 5-21 shooting. As a team, Indiana only shot 37.2% from the field and 29.4% from downtown, while Boston shot 50.7% and 54.5%.
Indiana controlled the first three quarters of the game, leading by seven after the 1st quarter, a pair at the half, and just one point entering the final frame. The Pacers lead reached it's peak at 12 points when Mike Dunleavy scored a driving layup 3:22 into the 2nd quarter.
The Celtics took their first lead since early in the contest when Daniels converted a layup 52 seconds into the 4th quarter. That basket sparked a 10-0 run capped by a Ray Allen corner three to raise the lead to 77-67.
Despite a hard-fought effort from Indy, the Pacers were unable to come within six points after Ray's trey and eventually lost 83-95. Quis played his best quarter of the year closing out the game and embarrassed T.J. Ford on multiple occasions.
With the win, Boston improves to 24-5 on the season, while the Pacers drop to 13-16. The Celtics travel to Detroit for a meeting with the Pistons tomorrow night. Tipoff is at 7:30 in the Palace at Auburn Hills.
Stephen Bailey designed Beantown Banter, writes the majority of the pieces for the site, and controls the social networking among other things. Bailey is currently a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Sport Management. He is a diehard Celtics and Red Sox fan, but also actively follows the Bruins and Patriots. Additionally, he serves as a contributing writer at Celtics Life. Earlier in 2010, Bailey interned in the Sports Department of the New Haven Register, interviewed multiple athletes, including ex-Celtic Ryan Gomes, and worked as part of a team to get the section done every weeknight. He covers both Swimming & Diving and Women's Tennis for The Daily Orange, SU's school paper. In his free time, Bailey enjoys playing pickup basketball, beating his floormates in NBA 2K11, and sporcling for hours on end. Although he is unsure exactly what he wants to do for a career, it has always been his dream to cover the Celts and Sox.