The Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers Friday night, 128-123, as the C’s continue their push for the No. 1 seed without Rob Williams and get back into the win column after a pair of losses.
Both teams went on runs of their own throughout the ballgame, but a late first-quarter run from the Celtics that put them up 37-28 at the end of the quarter ended up being the difference-maker. The two teams traded baskets from there but Boston maintained the lead they built up from the first and rode the path to victory.
Jaylen Brown led in both assists and points as he put up seven and 32, while Jayson Tatum put up 32 points with six assists and rebounds.
In Williams’ absence, Al Horford and Daniel Theis continue to have strong outings as Theis had 10 with eight boards while Horford had a much more colorful line of 17, six assists, and 10 boards.
With the win, Boston now sits third in the NBA Eastern Conference at 48-30 — a half-game behind the Bucks and 1.5 games behind the Heat. After their game against the Wizards Sunday afternoon, they’ll face the Bulls — a game behind Boston — and the Bucks before ending their season against the Grizzlies.