Celtics beat Pacers in game one 84-74

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Following the Boston Celtics' 84-74 win over the Indiana Pacers, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan was quick to heap praise on Boston's physical defense in the second half, noting how the change in the Celtics' defensive energy put his team on their heels.

The series resumes Wednesday.

"He's a very good 3-point shooter, we know that, " Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. "Then we had open looks that we didn't knock down, and I thought we lost a little confidence".

The Pacers led by 11 points in the first half but had just eight points in the third quarter. "They turned up the intensity, we didn't respond to that". It entered Week 26 of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season with a sterling 292-234 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 in profit to anybody following them.

Per NBA Advanced Stats, Morris held the Pacers players to 11.9 percent below their season shooting percentage during Game 1 when defending players inside-the-arc. Over the past 35 years, teams that shot that poorly and committed that many turnovers had gone a combined 3-19 in playoff games before Sunday.

The All-Star guard's first half didn't go as planned, scoring just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting with only two assists, but Irving didn't let that diminish his entire game. "We were really playing hard".

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Embiid said the voracious booing that was largely absent during the dark days of the Sixers 10-win season was tough to hear. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown called Johnson's actions "completely unacceptable".

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IN made just one more basket in the quarter - a layup by Doug McDermott - and finished the period with just eight points, getting outscored 26-8.

While the Pacers lack a star, the Celtics have a number of players who can shine. So we come out, any time in the game, runs can happen. "And it just doesn't have to be on the offensive end". From the court, they loom hauntingly, lingering as a reminder of the expectations placed on the team that plays below. So we've just got to do the right things. I love getting a lot of points in a relatively low-scoring game as points are at a premium.

After Boston's Jaylen Brown pushed Bojan Bogdanovic in the back on a drive to the basket with 3:20 to play, the two exchanged some not-so-nice words that resulted in Brown being whistled for the personal foul and a technical foul by official Jim Capers.

To beat the Bucks - and, ultimately, make it out of the East - Boston will need to be far better than it was Sunday.

He missed the team's run to the Eastern Conference finals last season owing to a knee injury that ended his campaign early.

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