Joseph finished with 14 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 12 for IN, which shot 33.3 percent for the game overall.
Wednesday's clash with Boston gives the Pacers another shot at stealing homecourt advantage from the fourth-seeded Celtics before the series shifts back to IN for Games 3 and 4.
"I just try to be aggressive on the ball, be in the right spots", Irving said. The C's blew the Pacers off the floor from start to finish in the third, outscoring in 26-8.
Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers. The 29 points that IN scored IN the second half were its worst of the season.
Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics pulled off a throwback gritty performance against the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their first-round matchup, but it surely didn't come without the C's struggling to find a comfort zone without one of its key starters in Marcus Smart.
While the points certainly benefited the Celtics, point guard Kyrie Irving thought Morris offered more than what was represented in the box score.
This shouldn't surprise anyone; it's hard to imagine any team thinking it can make less than 40 percent of its shots and commit 20 turnovers and still win. The Boston Celtics are averaging 84 points on 36.4 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 33.3 percent shooting. "We'll do our best to get a good couple of nights of prep, and get ready for these guys on Wednesday". If you look at the shots we missed, they were good shots.
The Boston Celtics can take complete control of this series with a victory here and building a 2-0 lead. It plagued them in the first half, but by the third quarter it was the Pacers who were turning it over. "We were really playing hard". "They got the momentum and really never let that go".
But after Boston committed four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game, Stevens quickly adjusted, inserting Morris and Hayward. But transition defense remained an issue for the Pacers as the Celtics outscored IN 24-14 on the fastbreak.
The change paid off with Morris connecting on 3 of 4 field-goal attempts in the period, including two 3-pointers, and scoring 12 points.
"I miss Smart", Irving said in his post-game interview on TNT, according to Tom Westerholm of MassLive. 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. Getting all those jitters out for the first game, I'm always happy just to get the feel-out game out of the way.
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