Celtics win 12th straight, top Pacers in OT
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Ray Allen logged a game-high 35 points as the Boston Celtics rallied late in regulation and took over in overtime to top the Indiana Pacers, 122-117.
Kevin Garnett ended with 17 points and 20 rebounds, while Paul Pierce added 17 points for Boston, which won its 12th consecutive game and avenged its only road loss of the season.
Eddie House and Tony Allen, who was nursing a sprained right ankle, chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench.
Marquis Daniels dropped 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field, while Danny Granger contributed 20 points for the Pacers, who defeated the Celtics 95-79 on their home floor on November 1, but have dropped five of their last six games.
An Allen three-ball tied the score at 101-all at the two-minute mark of the fourth. Pierce then made 1-of-2 at the free throw line, and, following an Indiana timeout, Jarrett Jack drove the lane and was fouled.
The guard hit both from the line to take the lead, 103-102, and after Boston's Kendrick Perkins missed a pair from the stripe, Jack hit two more for a three- point lead with 14.4 ticks remaining.
Allen's three was off the mark at the other end, but House came up with the offensive rebound and dished to Pierce, who drilled a deep three to tie the game with 7.4 seconds left.
Jack missed a game-winning shot from three-point land, but Boston turned the ball over with 0.8 seconds left to give the hosts another chance. The C's somehow left Jack open in the corner but the shot was again off the mark.
A Rajon Rondo layup gave the Celtics a 113-110 lead with 2:14 to play in the extra frame, and another Allen three-pointer -- his seventh of the game -- extended the lead to five with 42.9 seconds left.
Daniels missed a three, and the Celtics managed to hit six straight free throws down the stretch to seal it.
An 8-0 run by Boston midway through the first punctuated a 32-22 lead after 12 minutes of play. The Pacers countered, however, and finished the half on a 12-3 run. Daniels' make from behind the arc at the buzzer gave him 20 for the half and Indiana led 57-55.
The teams traded baskets for most of the third stanza, and Boston still trailed 81-78 going to the fourth.
The Pacers held a five-point lead when Troy Murphy drilled a trifecta with 8 1/2 minutes remaining, but Boston climbed back in it as Allen tied it on a pair of free throws three minutes later.
The Celtics have won five of their last six games against Indiana...Jack finished with 17 points, while Murphy logged 15 and Rasho Nesterovic 14 in the loss...Perkins had 11 points and seven boards for Boston...There were nine lead changes and 20 ties in the game.
12/07 21:41:24 ET