Irv­ing, Mor­ris lead Celtics’ rally past Pac­ers in Game 1

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Bwith 0.1 sec­onds re­main­ing to put the Celtics ahead 64-53. The lead grew to 84-62 on a 3-pointer by Ta­tum with 3:34 re­main­ing.

Stevens went with Jaylen Brown in the start­ing lineup in place of Mar­cus Smart, who is out with a torn left oblique.

But af­ter Boston com­mit­ted four turnovers in the first four min­utes of the game, Stevens quickly ad­justed, in­sert­ing Mor­ris and Hay­ward.

The change paid off with Mor­ris go­ing 3 of 4 in the pe­riod, in­clud­ing two 3-point­ers, and scor­ing 12 points. No other Celtics player had more than two points. While his team was able to re­cover from a dis­mal start, Stevens said the Pac­ers’ de­fense de­served credit for mak­ing things dif­fi­cult on them through­out the game.

“Those guys guarded their butts off,” Stevens said. “That game looked like a 1980s play­off game in a lot of ways with the score. But it’s tough. Those guys are phys­i­cal . ... We have a lot to get bet­ter at.” BIG DAY

In his first play­off game as a Celtic, Irv­ing be­came just third player in fran­chise his­tory to have 20plus points, five-plus as­sists and five-plus re­bounds in his post­sea­son de­but with the team. He joined Isa­iah Thomas in 2015 and JoJo White in 1972.


Pa­tri­ots team owner Robert Kraft sat court­side be­side Celtics co-owner Wyc Grous­beck. Kraft was charged with two counts of so­lic­i­ta­tion in Jan­uary af­ter po­lice said he twice paid to have sex with em­ploy­ees at a Florida spa.


Boston hosts Game 2 on Wed­nes­day.


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