Irving, Morris lead Celtics' rally past Pacers in Game 1

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In the third, however, two things happened that allowed the Celtics to take control of the game completely: Kyrie Irving woke up, and IN went icy cold from the floor.

The Celtics lead the series 1-0, but have now defeated the Indiana Pacers four consecutive times. Barring some extremely unforeseen events, once the Celtics make it past IN, they will face the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA's best record, best point differential and, most importantly, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the league's best and most valuable player. IN will head into Wednesday night with a 4-12 against the spread record in their last 16 road games versus teams with winning records at home.

"It's very important but I think it's also important not to put so much pressure on just that first game", Irving stated on his team's first playoff game.

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The Pacers led by seven at halftime, but Boston outscored the Pacers 26-8 in the third quarter, taking the lead and comfortably holding onto it for the rest of the afternoon.

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Carter believes there will be enormous pressure on Irving going into the playoffs, but backs the six-time NBA All-Star to take it on and affect games and quarters like he did during the regular season. "And it just doesn't have to be on the offensive end". Darren Collison was held to six points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field while Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner were a combined 6-of-17 from the field in the loss, combining for just 17 points. Clearly, this team misses All-Star Victor Oladipo, who has been out for a long time. There is room for improvement. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.

Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 20 points each. Marcus Morris also chipped in 20 points off the bench. But Boston's start wasn't exactly inspiring.

Though the C's may not have lived to the hype throughout the entire campaign, if they're getting scoring from all over the floor, with Kyrie (20 points), Jayson Tatum (15), Al Horford (10), and Gordon Hayward (10) all staying within themselves to contribute. Considering their playoff run a year ago without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics were expected to be among the top contenders, but have underachieved and enter the playoffs as the East's No. 4 seed.

A quick 9-2 run for IN to open up the second forced Stevens into a timeout with 9:08 left and the Pacers leading 29-22.

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