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SportThe Pacers had an absolutely disastrous final minute in their loss to the Celtics

12:50  18 april  2019
12:50  18 april  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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BOSTON -- The Pacers have dropped again in the conference and wouldn't have homecourt advantage in a first-round series with the Boston Celtics . Despite Friday' s 114-112 loss on Kyrie Irving' s layup with 0.5 seconds left, they're right where they want to be even with a disastrous month

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The Indian Pacers are not going to have fun watching film of the final minute of their loss the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday night.

Because man did they do a lot of things wrong. And now they head home down 0-2 in the series.

The Pacers actually had a 10-point lead in the second half. But Kyrie Irving and the Celtics were able to fight their way back at home and trailed Indiana by two points with just under a minute left.

Then Boston ended up winning by eight, 99-91. Seriously.

It all started with this unfortunate turn of events:

Then with 20 seconds left in a 1-point game the Pacers allowed Gordon Hayward to get wide open for a layup:

And it only got worse from there.

Because look what happened on their next possession after a time out:

Yeah, that's not an ideal in-bounds pass.

But then they doubled down on their awful play by letting Jayson Tatum get free for this dunk to make it a 5-point game:

And then they closed things out with another ugly turnover:

So to wrap that up - the Pacers got outscored 10-0 in that final, committed two ugly turnovers, and lost the game.

Not good.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Boston Celtics proved they could be every bit as physical as the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. They may need to be even tougher for the rest of the postseason. After delivering the knockout blow to the Pacers with a first-round sweep, the Celtics quickly turned their attention to their next challenge: Getting back to the Eastern Conference finals.

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