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Celtics management, meet Chris Lofton. The Tennessee native shot 6 of 8 from outside on his way to 21 points, in the Celtics’ 91-88 loss to the Indiana Pacers. With seven seconds to go in the contest, forward Nick Fazekas stepped to the line to attempt what would’ve been the game-tying, and potential game-winning free throws, but he missed both. Fazekas then clanked a game-tying three as time expired.
If Fazekas’s clutch performance doesn’t hurt him, his defensive effort will. Fazekas, Kevin Rogers, and Robert Swift allowed Pacers’ big men, Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansborough, to combine for 50 points.
Lofton’s impressive performance was made possible by rookie Lester Hudson. Wednesday evening’s x-ray revealed that the injury Hudson sustained during the Celtics’ loss against the Thunder was a broken finger. Thursday morning, Hudson returned to Boston to receive treatment for injury. Lofton undoubtedly played the majority of Hudson’s minutes on his way to a memorable shooting performance.
Bill Walker was once again impressive, throwing down five dunks and snatching up five rebounds and three steals. In all, Walker finished with 12 points. While getting posterized, Fazekas was able to contribute 14 points and nine rebounds. Coby Karl and Robert Swift each added 10 points.