Daily Hampshire Gazette – Tatum scores 36 points, Brown hits 3 to lift OT and Celtics beat Pacers 133-128 in Game 1 of East final

Tatum scores 36 points, Brown hits 3 to force OT, and the Celtics edge the Pacers 133-128 in Game 1 of the East finals

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BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 36 points, including 10 in overtime, after Jaylen Brown's tying 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left in regulation, and the Boston Celtics recovered just in time for a 133-128 lead -Victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 28 points and Brown finished the season with 26.

Game 2 is Thursday night in Boston.

Tyrese Haliburton had 25 points and 10 assists for the Pacers, who knocked down 13 3-pointers and scored 56 points in the game against a Celtics team still playing without 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis.

Pascal Siakam added 24 points and 12 rebounds. Myles Turner finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Pacers, who twice turned the game around with a three-point lead in the final 30 seconds of regulation.

Brown made them pay for the second strike by hitting a 3-pointer from the corner, with Siakam hitting him right in the face to level the score at 117.

Indiana took the lead again, 123-121, when Haliburton made all three free throws after being fouled with 1:46 left. Tatum then made a layup and was fouled by TJ McConnell, completing the three-point play to give Boston the lead for good.

The Pacers pivoted again, this time through Haliburton. The ball found its way to Tatum at the top of the key. He pumped, evaded a defender and sank a 3 to make it 127-123 with 43 seconds left.

Derrick White and Siakam traded layups. Holiday was fouled and hit two free throws, giving Boston a 131-125 cushion.



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