The Boston Celtics came back from a double-digit deficit and rallied past the Indiana Pacers at home on Sunday night (84-74).
Indiana made a better start and closed the first half in front by seven (38-45). The Pacers extended their lead to double digits early in the third quarter, but the Celtics took over since then.
Playing excellent defence in the third quarter, they outscored their opponents 26-8 and never looked back. They led by as many as 22 points and sealed the deal.
Five players scored in double figures for the winners, with Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris leading the way with 20 points apiece.
Only Cory Joseph (14 points) and Bojan Bogdanovic (12 points) scored in double figures for the losing squad.
Game 2 will be played in Boston on Wednesday (17/04).
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