Pacers show no mercy to Brad Stevens’ Celtics

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BOSTON – On several occasions, Frank Vogel has praised Brad Stevens for his coaching abilities and his potential for success in the NBA.

In fact, it was Vogel who voiced his support for Stevens when he was a surprise hire by the Celtics this summer.

But don’t expect Vogel’s Pacers to have mercy on the Celtics and Stevens as they start the rebuilding of their franchise. Friday was an example.

Down by eight at the half, Indiana roared past Boston in the final 24 minutes en route to a convincing 97-82 win Friday night at TD Garden. The Pacers used a 25-8 burst in the third quarter to improve their record to 11-1 on the season while sending the Celtics to their sixth-straight defeat.

For an 11th time in 12 games, Paul George scored 20 or more points as he led Indiana with 27 points. David West and Luis Scola added 17 for the Pacers. Indiana dominated the offensive glass, beating Boston 15-5 to help them to an overall rebounding advantage of 41-31.

The Pacers return home on Saturday night to face the Sixers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.