Boston (26-20) at Indiana (33-14)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Sat Feb 1, 2003
  • TV: FSNE, FSW
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INDIANAPOLIS (TICKER) —The Boston Celtics try to bounce back from the worst game in franchise history on Saturday when they visit Conseco Fieldhouse to face the Indiana Pacers, who are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

The Celtics turned in an embarrassing performance in the finale of a home-and-home series with the Detroit Pistons on Friday. They suffered the worst defeat in their 57-year history with a 118-66 home loss to the Pistons.

Boston’s previous most lopsided loss came in a 114-69 setback to Washington on October 31, the second game of the season. That broke the record set on January 4, 1977, which was a 128-84 setback at Portland.

Boston was just four points over its franchise low as it shot under 30 percent (23-of-77) from the field.

Paul Pierce scored 23 points before being ejected for arguing a call from the bench with 1:33 left in the third quarter. Antoine Walker returned after a four-game absence due to a knee injury and managed just six points on 1-of-15 shooting.

The Celtics have lost three of five games following a four-game winning streak and play six of their next eight games on the road.

The Pacers have lost consecutive games for just the fourth time this season after a four-game winning streak. They have not lost three in a row since March 24-29, 2002.

Indiana coach Isiah Thomas and forward Al Harrington were both ejected early in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 102-90 road loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Harrington was involved in an altercation with Toronto’s Morris Peterson with 8:02 remaining and Thomas ran onto the court before he was held back by Raptors coach Lenny Wilkins.

Brad Miller scored 20 points and Jermaine O’Neal collected 17 and 13 rebounds for the Pacers.

Indiana had its 14-game home winning streak snapped against San Antonio on Wednesday and fell to 21-2 at Conseco Fieldhouse this season.

The Celtics rolled to a 98-93 victory over the Pacers at the FleetCenter on January 17 and have won the last four meetings between the teams. Boston has not won five straight against Indiana since sweeping the 1987-88 season series.

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