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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 01:24

Game #64 Recap: Indiana Pacers Edge Out Boston Celtics, 94-83

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Brad Stevens' second welcome home party was similar to his first -- it didn't end well.

The Indiana Pacers (47-17) break the Boston Celtics' (22-42) two-game winning streak in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday, 94-83.

The Celtics began the first quarter strong with a 10-5 start, but that was the only lead the Pacers gave the Celtics. Boston just simply could not put the ball in the hoop. 

Pacers had the Celtics in the second quarter, especially Luis Scola. Scola netted nine of his 11 points in that respected quarter. 

The start of the fourth quarter could have gone the Celtics' way after the Pacers recorded two points in the first three minutes of the second half. But due to the inabilities to put the ball in the hoop, the Celtics could not gain ground on the eight-point lead he

Boston shot 35-percent for the game, 16-percent from three. The Celtics tried to win the game with three-ball against an experienced, defensive team like the Pacers, which doesn't usually pan out well. 

One of the strengths the Celtics did show was the offensive glass. The Celtics dropped 20 offensive rebounds against Indiana's deep, powerful frontcourt. 

Indiana directed the fourth quarter due to the critical performance from David West. West scored 20 of his 24 points, 10-for-12 from the field and added five rebounds. 

Pacers finished shooting 55-percent from the field. 

The Celtics struggled to stay alive after not converting off of Indiana's 16 giveaways -- Boston scored 10 points off of them. 

Kris Humphries and Jared Sullinger combined for 30 points and 18 rebounds. Chris Johnson also added 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting. 

Boston will return home to battle the New York Knicks on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Rajon Rondo will sit out as Phil Pressey will get the start. 

Mark Loiselle Jr.

Mark Loiselle Jr. is a Celtics beat writer for CLNS Radio. He currently has a radio show called "The Sports Blast" on ESPN Radio in Nashua, New Hampshire, and writes for The Phinsider. In the past, his work has been published on NESN.com, Phinphanatic.com and Atlantic Twine. 

Mark is a Warwick, Rhode Island native who recently graduated from Springfield College with a degree in communications/sports journalism. You can follow Mark on Twitter @mahkeyL34