The Boston Celtics rode the backs of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown to defeat the Pacers in overtime. The all-star duo took control late and made all the right plays to ensure a Celtics win.
The C’s built up a lead as big as 11 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter but a quick run by the Pacers saw that Celtics lead turn into a deficit. They were unable to regain control of the game and found themselves down by four points with 34 seconds remaining.
A pair of clutch free throws from Robert Williams III and a beautiful pull-up jumper from Tatum tied the game at 89 and sent the game to overtime.
It was now Jaylen Brown’s turn to take over. He scored or assisted on every made basket for the Cs in the extra period and helped them see off the Pacers for good.
Brown played a great game overall and followed up his first career triple-double with another all-around performance. The Celtics star scored 26 points, grabbed 15 boards, and dished out six assists.
Robert Williams III also deserved praise for a monster performance once again. He scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but his biggest impact was on the defensive end. The Timelord blocked three shots and tallied four steals.
A big win for the Celtics who have struggled in close games this season.
They will take on the Pacers again in Indiana on Wednesday night.