The Indiana Pacers led for nearly the entire game against the Boston Celtics, well except for the final second. Jeff Green hit a layup over David West with 0.5 left on the game clock to give the Celtics an 83-81 win.
“It was one of those situations where we have to be tied together. He was able to get free. We just can’t allow that to happen,” said West.
The rally was set up for the Celtics though midway through the fourth quarter. The Pacers missed their last seven shots while the Celtics finished the game on an 11-0 run.
“They picked up their defense in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter, and we had a couple of defensive breakdowns at the end. Part of the lesson you learn in an 82-game season for the playoffs is you have to execute down the stretch,” said Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel.
The Pacers can’t take much time to sulk about the defeat, they are heading on a road trip to the sunshine state for a pair of games. Next on the schedule is a game at Orlando on Friday. But, the big match up is set for Sunday when the Pacers travel to Miami to face the #1 team in the east. The Heat beat Orlando 97-96 on Wednesday night, extending their NBA best winning streak to 16 in a row. Their last loss actually came against the Pacers on Febuary 1st.