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The Indiana Pacers had six players score in double figures to combat Ray Allen’s 23 points as the Pacers beat the Boston Celtics 87-74 Friday night. The Celtics scored a mere 25 points in the first half to tie a franchise low for points in a half.
The Celtics tied the 25-point low that was scored in 3 other games in franchise history: February 7th, 1955 against Milwaukee; February 8th, 1995 against Cleveland and March 18th, 1999 again against Milwaukee.
Boston shot 26 percent from the field and got out rebounded by the Pacers 30-18 in the first half of Friday’s contest. Paul Pierce tried to be the aggressor and get the team in a groove early, but he completed only 1 of his 9 attempts in the half. Pierce shot horribly for the duration of the game and finished with 10 points on a dismal 3-of-17 from the field.
As a team, the Celtics shot under 40 percent from the field. The Pacers on the other hand, caught fire from beyond the arc. Indiana shot 57 percent from 3-point range.
The Pacers were led by point guards Darren Collison and George Hill. Collison recorded 14 points and four assists, while Hill added 13 points, five rebounds and two steals. Danny Granger scored 15 and Roy Hibbert had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George were the other two Pacers’ players in double figures with 12 apiece.
The only bright spot for the Celtics was that Ray Allen continued his hot shooting. Allen hit 7 of 11 from the field and connected on 4 of 5 from 3. On the season, Allen is now shooting a near 70 percent from downtown.
The Pacers led 33-25 at intermission, with the Celtics only making nine field goals in the first half. At the nine-minute mark of the 3rd quarter, the Celtics went on a 7-o run to cut the Pacers lead to 2; that was the closest the Celtics would get for the rest of the contest.
The Celtics got very little from their bench on Friday, though, as the reserves combined for just 14 points.
The Celtics are off until Wednesday when they will face the defending NBA champs, the Dallas Mavericks.