Indiana 97, Boston 83

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, January 14, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Officials - #54 Derrick Collins, #53 Mark Lindsay, #49 Tom Washington
Attendance - 14203

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Boston 24 24 19 16 83
Indiana 29 27 26 15 97

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Boston 4-7 3-3 1-4 L4
Indiana 9-3 5-0 4-3 W3

Recap


Danny Granger shook off a forgettable night with 21 points as the Indiana Pacers remained unbeaten in their own building with a 97-83 triumph over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

Granger, who struggled in Friday's win over Toronto before being ejected in the second quarter, recorded his second 20-point effort in the last three games as part of yet another balanced attack for the Pacers. Darren Collison and Paul George added 17 points apiece in the win.

Leading by eight points at halftime, Collison and the Pacers pulled away thanks to a pivotal third-quarter run. Collison buried a 3-pointer to put Indiana up 67-54 with 7:39 remaining, and he added back-to-back baskets later in the quarter as the Pacers used an 11-3 surge to build an 82-67 advantage entering the fourth.

The Pacers' trademark defense took over from there, limiting the Celtics to a pair of Brandon Bass jumpers in the opening 7 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter as Indiana improved to 5-0 at home on the season.

Paul Pierce led the way with 21 points for the Celtics, who have lost four games in a row and haven't scored more than 85 points in any of them.

Indiana held Boston below 40 percent shooting to take a 29-24 lead after one quarter, and kept up the pressure over the next 12 minutes. Pierce's two free throws midway through the second quarter made it a six-point game, but Indiana responded with a 9-2 run capped by a George Hill 3-pointer and held on from there to lead 56-48 at the break.

Top Game Performances

Boston   Indiana
Kevin Garnett 21 Scoring Danny Granger 21
Rajon Rondo 9 Assists Darren Collison 4
Jermaine O'Neal 12 Rebounds Roy Hibbert 9
Paul Pierce 9 Free Throws Made Paul George 6
E'Twaun Moore 2 Steals Jeff Foster 3
Jermaine O'Neal 3 Blocks Tyler Hansbrough 2

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Boston 83 38.6 5-15 14-18 20 45 6 4 18
Indiana 97 37.2 5-16 22-23 14 52 10 12 15

Upcoming Games

  • Indiana will play their next game on the road against Sacramento. The Pacers have a W/L % of .625 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The Celtics have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .167 after a loss.
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