Irving, Morris lead Celtics’ rally past Pacers
Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each had 20 points, and the Boston Celtics rallied in the second half to beat the Indiana Pacers 84-74 on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in their first-round playoff series.
The Pacers led by 11 points in the first half but scored just eight points in the third quarter. The Celtics capitalized and led by as many as 22 points in the fourth period.
Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points, Al Horford added 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward had 10 points for the Celtics. It was the first playoff game since 2017 for Irving and Hayward after each missed last year’s postseason with injuries.
Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers. Bojan Bogdanovic had 12 points and was the lone Indiana starter in double figures.