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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s