May 22, 2024 - News

Pacers fall to Celtics in overtime thriller

Pacers vs Celtics

It was a wild night in Boston. Photo: David L. Nemec/NBAE via Getty Images

The 2024 NBA Eastern Conference Finals tipped off last night with a back-and-forth battle that saw the Indiana Pacers come up short after the end of regulation.

What's happening: The Pacers lost to the Boston Celtics 133-128 on the road to go down 0-1 in the best-of-seven series playoff series.

  • They were up by 3 with just 8.5 seconds left, but a closing sequence that involved a Pacers turnover on a bad pass followed by a clutch Jaylen Brown three-pointer sent the game into overtime.

Zoom in: Pascal Siakam earned a player of the game nod for his 24-point, 12- rebounds and seven-assists performance.

  • Tyrese Haliburton was the Pacers point leader with 25 points to go with 10 assists; and Myles Turner turned in a double-double of his own with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

The intrigue: Indiana and Boston are the NBA's top two scoring teams of the 2023-2024 season, so this conference title showdown is sure to include a few more shootouts like last night's Beantown barn burner.

  • The Pacers' 123.3 points per game are the sixth-most ever by an NBA team in a regular season, and the Celtics' 120.6 ranks 22nd on that list.

What's next: Game 2 Thursday in Boston.

  • Tipoff is at 8pm on ESPN.
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