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Pacers playoff final score: Pacers fall short in 104-96 loss to Celtics

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Indiana falls to 0-3 in their series against Boston, facing elimination after a disappointing Game 3 loss at home.

NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Indiana Pacers Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

An up and down game for the Indiana Pacers ended in a predictable manner, dropping them to 0-3 against the Boston Celtics. The Pacers were forced to weather a dominating first quarter from the Celtics, who had 41 points, hitting eight threes. The Pacers fought back in the game thanks to a big quarter from Tyreke Evans, giving them a two point halftime lead.

Unfortunately, the Pacers once again fell flat in the third quarter, scoring just 12 points on 5-23 shooting. Boston took a seven point lead into the fourth, managing to hold off the Pacers, who fought back to within two before letting it slip away due to turnovers and missed shots.

Kyrie Irving was able to lift the Celtics on his back down the stretch, something the Pacers simply don’t have. Indiana will have one final opportunity to extend the series when they host the Celtics for Game 4 on an early Sunday tip. Evans led the way for the Pacers with 19 points.