Pacers need OT to fend off Boston’s late rally, 107-103

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roy Hibbert scored 19 points, C.J. Miles added 17 and the Indiana Pacers held off the Boston Celtics 107-103 in overtime Friday night.

The Pacers (15-23) have won four of six.

Short-handed Boston (12-22) was led by Avery Bradley with 23 points, but the Celtics played without leading scorer Jeff Green as rumors swirled that he could be headed to Memphis in a trade. Minutes before tip-off, Boston announced it had sent Brandan Wright to Phoenix.

The Celtics fought hard. They erased a 13-point deficit in the final 8:34 of regulation and forced overtime with Bradley’s 3 with 4.3 seconds left. David West then missed a 3 at the buzzer for Indiana.

The Pacers led early in overtime, but Evan Turner’s jumper with 1:45 left gave Boston a 103-102 edge.

The Pacers made four straight free throws, and Boston’s Kelly Olynyk’s errant 3 sealed it.

The closing flurry was a stark contrast to what had been a mostly uninspiring game.

The Pacers appeared headed to a third straight home win over Boston when they opened the fourth quarter on a 12-4 run for a 77-64 lead.

The Celtics refused to go away. Bradley’s 17-footer capped an 8-0 run and when Jared Sullinger hit a 3 with 1:27 to go, Boston led 90-89.

Indiana regained the lead on C.J. Watson’s long 2-pointer and still led 94-91 when West made two free throws with 8.6 seconds left.

But Bradley’s clutch 3 tied the score.

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