NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics Complete Epic Comeback to Take 3-0 Series Lead Over Indiana Pacers

Indianapolis, Indiana – The Boston Celtics staged a remarkable comeback in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, overcoming an eight-point deficit in the final three minutes to defeat the Indiana Pacers 114-111. With this victory, the Celtics now hold a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Pacers, putting them one win away from securing a spot in the NBA Finals.

Key to Boston’s victory was Jayson Tatum, who delivered an outstanding performance with 36 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. Tatum’s crucial assist to Al Horford, who sank a 3-pointer in the final minute, was instrumental in narrowing the Pacers’ lead. Despite a missed layup by Tatum, Jrue Holiday’s defensive play sealed the victory for the Celtics.

In the absence of Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard stepped up for the Pacers, scoring 32 points and distributing nine assists. However, Indiana’s efforts were not enough to secure a win against the resilient Celtics. With Game 4 set to take place in Indiana, the Pacers face a daunting task of trying to avoid elimination.

The Pacers displayed a resilient effort, with TJ McConnell leading the charge off the bench with 23 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Despite a strong performance from the Pacers’ bench, including McConnell, the team fell short in their attempts to pull off an upset against Boston.

While the Celtics managed to secure the victory, they faced challenges in containing the Pacers’ inside game, giving up 42 points in the paint during the first half. Boston’s ability to make defensive adjustments and execute crucial plays late in the game proved to be crucial in their comeback victory.

Despite a valiant effort from the Pacers, who had four players scoring over 20 points, the Celtics emerged victorious and now have the opportunity to close out the series in Game 4. As both teams prepare for the next matchup, the Celtics look to maintain their momentum and secure a spot in the NBA Finals, while the Pacers aim to stave off elimination and force a Game 5 showdown.