Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris lead Celtics to victory in playoff opener

Josue Pavon
April 14, 2019 - 3:35 pm

The Celtics topped the Pacers in their playoff opener Sunday afternoon, 84-74, and grabbed a 1-0 lead in its best-of-7 series. 

Marcus Morris did his best Marcus Smart impression of bringing energy from the moment he checked in. Morris' 10 points in five minutes sparked the Celtics' offense, scoring half of Boston's 20 first-quarter points. 

However, the story of the game was the Celtics' start to the second half -- where they held Indiana scoreless for over four minutes in the midst of a 24-3 run. The one-sided frame concluded with the Celtics outscoring the Pacers, 26-8.

From the end of the second quarter into the second half, the Pacers missed 10 consecutive field goals while the Celtics built a double-digit lead and held on throughout the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each led with 20 points, Jayson Tatum added 15 points while Al Horford finished with a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds). 

Celtics will host Game 2 Wednesday night at TD Garden. 

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