Tatum and Brown lead Celtics past Pacers

Who needs exercise when you can get your heart racing to 200 beats per minute by watching the Boston Celtics play a 53-minute game?

The Celtics once again make their fans go through a world of emotions as they successfully defended the Garden against the Indiana Pacers, 101-98.

How did the Boston Celtics fare against the Indiana Pacers?

It was a relatively slow game through three quarters, with the only scary moment being a Marcus Smart injury. It should be nothing but a short setback since he has superhuman self-healing powers. I am hopeful to see him back in action for the next Celtics’ game.

The Celtics made their fans’ stomachs churn as they entered the fourth quarter with only an eight-point lead since such a minimal lead often means bad things are to come. With 4:22 on the clock, Jaylen Brown, as Brian Scalabrine described it, had a Ray Allen-esque moment by nailing a corner three-pointer while coming off a pick with his feet barely set.

For future reference, the Boston Celtics may want to adhere to one of my basketball rules: Never let the most unpredictable player on the court have the ball in a close game. Since the home team ignored this, I believe that is what caused Lance Stephenson to hit a clutch three and then engage in his guitar-strumming celebration.

The Celtics were down four with less than a minute in regulation. Josh Richardson hits an amazing mid-range shot over Torrey Craig to bring us within two. With just seconds left on the clock, Jayson Tatum channeled his Laker idol and unleashed a beautiful 20-foot jump shot that rips nothing but net. The Celtics survive regulation.

Behind offensive contributions from Brown, Tatum, and Grant Williams, as well as defensive help from Robert Williams, the Celtics add a win to their record.

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