Boston (38-29) at Indiana (39-28)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Indianapolis, IN
Temp: 77° F
  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Mar 19, 2003
  • TV: ESPN, FSW
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INDIANAPOLIS (TICKER) —The Boston Celtics try to move into a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings on Wednesday when they open a four-game road trip against the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Celtics have pulled within one game of the struggling Pacers for fourth place in the East, which holds home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Boston is 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia and trails Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey by three games.

The Celtics have won seven of their last 11 games but fell further back in the division race with an 87-74 loss to the Nets on Tuesday.

Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Antoine Walker added 14 for Boston, which shot just 33 percent from the floor and were awful from 3-point range, where they were 2-for-21.

The Celtics have won six of their last 10 games away from home and have the third-best road record in the Eastern Conference at 16-17.

Indiana has lost 13 of its last 15 games and fell to 1-1 on a four-game homestand with a 95-88 loss to Portland on Monday.

Jermaine O’Neal had 31 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute and Al Harrington added 12 and 11 for the Pacers, who were booed on their home court for their recent troubles.

Ron Artest scored 16 points in his return from a one-game suspension for exceeding the maximum number of flagrant foul points, but Indiana played without All-Star center Brad Miller (sore left knee).

Boston has won five of the last six games with Indiana, including two of three this season.

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