Rapid Reaction: Pacers 94, Celtics 83

Rapid reaction after the Indiana Pacers defeated the Boston Celtics 94-83 on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:


David West scored a game-high 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting, while Lance Stephenson added nine points and five rebounds and was a team-best plus-19 in plus/minus. Andrew Bynum added eight points and 10 rebounds over 15 ½ minutes off the bench in his Indiana debut. Jared Sullinger scored a team-high 17 points with nine rebounds (seven on the offensive glass) in a reserve role, while Kris Humphries registered 15 points and nine rebounds. Chris Johnson added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting while providing energy off the Boston bench.


Despite trailing by as much as 15 with 15 ½ minutes to play in the game, the Celtics rallied within a point on two occasions in the fourth quarter. The Pacers answered each time with immediate baskets. It was still a one-possession game with less than five minutes to play, but the Pacers got a Stephenson layup and a Roy Hibbert jumper to push their lead to a more comfortable seven-point spread (83-76) and Boston never got closer than five the rest of the way.


Boston shot just 35.2 percent, but hung around thanks in large part to 20 offensive rebounds. ... The Celtics had nearly as many boards on the offensive glass as they did on the defensive side (21). ... The Pacers shot 54.8 percent but 16 turnovers helped the Celtics stick around. ... Kelly Olynyk finished 1-of-9 shooting with only three points, but grabbed seven rebounds over 21 minutes and was a team-best plus-5. ... All 11 players available for Boston played, including Joel Anthony (a mere 12-second stint). ... The Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak.


The Celtics (22-42) watched their two-game winning streak get snapped (and relinquished the NBA championship belt). Boston returns home to host the New York Knicks on Wednesday and Rajon Rondo (8 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds in 41 minutes Tuesday) is expected to sit out on the second night of a back-to-back. The Phoenix Suns visit TD Garden on Friday before Boston heads out for a quick two-game road trip with another back-to-back in New Orleans and Dallas.