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Mazzulla: ‘Hield told me he fouled' Brown on last second shot

Mazzulla: ‘Hield told me he fouled' Brown on last second shot originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics were unable to beat the short-handed Indiana Pacers on Monday night, falling 133-131 over some last second drama.

Tied at 131 with three seconds left, Jaylen Brown went up for what would have been a game winning shot attempt. Pacers' defender Buddy Hield attempted to block the shot from behind, and seemingly made contact with the back of Brown's head on the play.

The play was initially ruled a foul, but the Pacers challenged the call. In a shocking turn of events, the foul was called back, and Indiana was given possession of the ball.

Without star point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who was carried off the court earlier in the game, the Pacers would march up the court and get fouled by Kristaps Porzingis on a last second shot attempt, handing Indiana the win.

After the game, Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla confessed that Hield came up to him after the challenge concluded and admitted he fouled Brown.

"Buddy Hield told me he fouled him [Brown]," Mazzulla told the media after saying that he can't wait for Monday at 4 p.m. ET. "I can't wait for the two-minute report."

While Brown was robbed of two free throws that could have won the game, the two-time All-Star still shined without Jayson Tatum, who was sidelined to rest his ankle. Brown set a new season-high with 40 points, adding five rebounds and two assists.

Monday night's loss to the Pacers means that Boston and Indiana will split their season series, a series that continued to grow in competitiveness and grit, at 2-2.