January 20, 2018

Rozier, Celtics steal win from Pacers

19 December 2017, 11:09 | Marlene Fleming

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Darron Cummings  AP

While Irving gets all the attention, he is not the only MVP candidate on this team, and could even be in second place at this point in the season.

Brad Stevens got significant mileage out of an Al Horford/Jayson Tatum/Rozier/Shane Larkin/Daniel Theis lineup at the start of the fourth quarter in Saturday's win in Memphis, and the C's coach went with this group at the fourth again last night.

Despite scoring 12 of his 38 points in the final two minutes of the game, Oladipo was unable to lead the Pacers to a win.

"We go into this diamond defense, with Kyrie (Irving) and (Marcus) Smart on the first trap", he said, as seen on NBC Sports Boston's Celtics postgame coverage.

The league-leading Houston Rockets stretched their win streak to 14 games with a 120-99 rout of visiting Utah as Eric Gordon scored 33 points, making a career-high seven 3-pointers, and James Harden added 26 points, six rebounds and six assists with Chris Paul contributing 18 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. With less than a minute remaining, Oladipo hit a 3-pointer that gave IN its first lead of the game and a layup that stretched the Pacers' lead to 107-102 with 31 seconds left. They took their first lead of the game 105-102 after Oladipo hit a three-pointer with 53 seconds left to play.

There was no joking about Rozier settling for layups Monday night against the Indiana Pacers, not after he raced to track down a steal in the final seconds then capitalized with a game-winning slam at the other end.

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"It's a tough loss, a tough tough loss".

For the next two minutes, the teams traded buckets, with IN getting two baskets off of offensive rebounds as Thaddeus Young and Lance Stephenson both mixed it up IN the paint to keep the Pacers within striking distance. IN is coming off of a 109-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday and will be on the second night of a back-to-back. "It was just a insane game". The Celtics have won four straight on the road against Indiana.

Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 30 points. The Celtics 38 first-quarter points were the most the Pacers have allowed in a first quarter this season.

Timberwolves 108, Blazers 107: Jimmy Butler powered through a recent bout of back spasms to score 37 points, sinking the tying and go-ahead free throws for Minnesota with 2.5 seconds left. But this time instead of a 16-0 run, the Celtics ran into some resistance, with a Stephenson 3-pointer cutting the Celtics edge to 87-82 with 10:25 left.

At Charlotte, reserve Frank Kaminsky scored 24 points and the host Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-91 victory over NY.

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