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Pacers final score: Celtics hold off Pacers 116-111

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Indiana’s big third quarter turned into a whimper in the fourth as Boston handed the Pacers their first loss of the season. Victor Oladipo scored 24 points.

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There were no late-game heroics from the Indiana Pacers tonight, failing to complete a fourth quarter comeback with numerous miscues in the final minutes, suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of the Boston Celtics.

The Pacers dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Celtics 37-25 and taking a 17-point lead, but terrible play from the second unit to start the fourth allowed Boston to erase the lead rather quickly, eventually putting Indiana down by nine late. The Pacers chipped away, cutting the lead to two with 30 seconds left, but back-to-back turnovers gave Boston the advantage in the end.

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 24 points, six rebounds, and six assists, looking like vintage Oladipo throughout the game. Domantas Sabonis was held to a season low 14 points, but did pull in 11 rebounds and eight assists. Malcolm Brogdon had 19 and Myles Turner and T.J. Warren led the way in the third quarter with 16 & 17 points respectively.

Indiana will wrap up the 2020 portion of their schedule on Thursday, when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers on New Year’s Eve.