Kyrie Irving had a hand in 11 of Boston’s final 16 points Friday night as the Celtics withstood a late charge by the Indiana Pacers to record a 104-96 win at Indianapolis and go up 3-0 in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff matchup.
The Pacers, playing at home for the first time in the series, got within 88-87 with 6:05, but that’s when Irving took over.
Hoops - Baskets - Al - Horford - Throws
He had two hoops, assisted on 3- and 2-point baskets by Al Horford and made two free throws down the stretch, helping the Celtics pull away. He finished with 19 points and 10 assists. Jaylen Brown had 23 points to lead the Celtics, who held the Pacers under 100 points for the third consecutive game.
Tyreke Evans led seven Pacers in double figures with 19 points off the bench.
Russell - Westbrook - Points - Oklahoma - City
Russell Westbrook scored 33 points as Oklahoma City beat visiting Portland to take a two-games-to-one lead in a Western Conference first-round playoff series.
After vowing to play better following the Thunder’s Game 2 loss, Westbrook shot 11 of 22 from the floor while adding...
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