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Pacers final score: Pacers drop heartbreaker to Celtics 114-112

Indiana’s all effort finish came up short as Kyrie Irving put Boston on top with 0.5 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 for the Pacers.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Great hustle from the Indiana Pacers late wasn’t enough to put them over the top against the Boston Celtics, dropping in the final second to a Kyrie Irving layup. Indiana was down and out numerous times in this game, but never faltered, making big plays on both ends to fight back into the game. However, Boston outschemed the Pacers on their final play, setting up Irving for the easy game winner.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the way for the Pacers with 27 points as six Pacers reached double figures. Thaddeus Young was all effort with 18 ponts, but had a costly miss late that would’ve given Indiana a lead while Domantas Sabonis finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds, getting whistled for a very tough offensive foul that would’ve had them ahead by three.

Indiana falls to fifth place with the loss on a tiebreaker with the Celtics, but will have a chance for revenge when the two teams meet up again next Friday. In the meantime, the Pacers have a busy week with the schedule winding down, returning home for a back-to-back against the Orlando Magic.