Kyrie Irving the hero in Celtics' Game 2 win over the Pacers

Josue Pavon
April 17, 2019 - 9:45 pm

The Celtics now have a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 series after topping the Pacers, 99-91, Wednesday night at TD Garden. (For a complete recap, click here.)

After trailing the Pacers throughout the entire third quarter, the Celtics chipped away at a 10-point deficit in the final frame before eventually pulling away. Kyrie Irving's 8-0 run against the Pacers granted the Celtics their first lead of the second half, 86-82 with 5:25 left to play before Indiana caught fire from behind the arc. 

Wesley Matthews drained one from deep, Bojan Bogdanovic netted a pair of 3-pointers, and all of a sudden the Celtics trailed by two points (91-89) with just over two minutes left to play. But in the end, the inexperienced Pacers showed their true colors -- they committed back-to-back turnovers to end the game, including a wild inbound pass that flew into the stands while they were trailing by only three points. 

Along with Jayson Tatum, who scored six of the final eight points for the Celtics, veterans in Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward collectively closed out their opponent with stellar offensive execution and key stops on the opposite end. 

The series swings to Indiana for Game 3 Friday night.