The Indiana Pacers shot lights out in this game, finishing 40-73 (54.8%), to take down the Boston Celtics, 94-83. This snaps a four-game losing streak for Indiana (47-17).
David West scored 24 points on 11-13 shooting, in a solid performance. Luis Scola contributed 11 points and 5 rebounds for Indiana as well. On 8-17 shooting, including 1-6 from behind the arc, Jared Sullinger scored 17 points off the bench for Boston in the loss. He also recorded 9 rebounds. Kris Humphries added 15 points and 9 rebounds.
As expected, the Celtics offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Pacers defense that ranks best in the league at forcing misses (45.7% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 36.8% in this game, they rank 27th in the NBA in that metric at 47.2% this season. The Celtics posted an eFG% of just 36.8%, including 15.8% from 3-point range. This year, they are 2-17 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Pacers are 14-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Boston (22-42) has now dropped four consecutive games to Indiana.
Coming up, the Pacers play the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 15-48 on the season. The Celtics go up against the New York Knicks, currently sitting at 25-40 this year. The Pacers have a 1-0 record against Philadelphia this season. The Celtics have come away with a victory in two of their last three games against New York.
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