The Boston Celtics did not need one, but two big runs to keep the Pacers 99-91 on Wednesday night.
At the end of the fourth quarter, 82-70, Boston rode a 16-0 run, keeping the Pacers scoreless for almost eight minutes to take control of Game 2 at home.
Or so they believed. Indiana fought back to take the lead – 91-89 with a triple by Bojan Bogdanovic – with 2:16 to play.
The Pacers would not score again.
Instead, the Celtics made their second start of the game, ending with a 10-0 run to finish the 99-91 win and take a 2-0 lead in the series. Jayson Tatum, who finished with 26 points, did everything in the final minute, achieving triple the lead with 50 seconds remaining, feeding Gordon Hayward a bucket and finishing with a -1 dunk to seal the victory.
"That was a hell of a pass (Jaylen Brown) and I was able to knock him down," Tatum said of the triple victory. "Gordon (Hayward) made a big cut, we were all on the same page towards the end, we were making big plays, sharing the ball and making stops."
Kyrie Irving, who missed the playoffs last season with knee problems, was very good all night for Boston, finished with 37 points and seven assists and then reflected on his return to the big games at TD Garden.
& # 39; & # 39; It's just been a long trip, "said Irving, who was 6-for-10 from beyond the goal. "From having those two knee surgeries and seeing the team last year and finally having the opportunity to tie them up for the Boston Celtics in the NBA playoffs, there's nothing like that."
Stat of the night
The Celtics have a 37-1 record when they lead 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. The Pacers are 0-6 when they are losing 2-0.
Big brother performance
The Bucks are making it look easy against the Pistons, and nobody is doing better than Giannis Antetokounmpo.
First, Giannis welcomed the former teammate and "little brother" Thon Maker, who measures 7 feet-1 with a wingspan of 7 feet-3, with a punch that only a few players could achieve.
Then, with the Pistons circling in the fourth quarter, Giannis did it at the other end, sending Maker's shot to the front row.
Minutes later, Giannis finished a breakup against three Pistons spinning on a right platform, gliding around Andre Drummond for the flip shot and-1, igniting the crowd and demonstrating why he is a leading candidate for Kia MVP.
In the end, Antetokounmpo finished the night with 26 points, 12 rebounds and put a goal in the Bucks' 120-99 victory gives them a 2-0 lead as the series moves to Detroit.
Shimmy shimmy nah
James Harden burned the abundance of the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, but it was a foul that made the Internet go to hell.
After sending Ricky Rubio flying with a crossover, Harden was so open that he had time to shake his shoulder before settling for the three-point open, which then … failed.
Millions of dollars move …
– Shaqtin & # 39; a Fool (@shaqtin) April 18, 2019
If that shot falls, we are talking about one of the most iconic movements in history. Instead, it could end up in Shaqtin 'a Fool.
However, outside of that flaw, Harden and the Rockets were unstoppable in Game 2.
Harden finished with 32 points, going 6-for-13 from beyond the arc, hitting the backcourt bank punches while committing a foul, cross-throwing passes and pull-up kicks at halftime. It was a masterful performance, and the Jazz seems to have no answers for the Houston attack.
Even when Harden was not knocking down triple, he was involving his teammates, finishing with 10 assists and 13 rebounds for the triple-double in the Rockets' win over cable to cable. 118-98 of Game 2.
It was the second double of Harden in the playoffs, which put him in an elite company.
Players with multiple 3-pointers in the playoffs