NBA Game Summary - Boston at Indiana
(Tuesday, January 30th)
Final Score: Indiana 103, Boston 96
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Jamaal Tinsley scored 28 points, and the Pacers overcame 17 missed free throws to hold on for a 103-96 victory over Boston, extending the Celtics' losing streak to 12 games.
Tinsley also had six rebounds, seven assists and three steals, and was a bright spot at the line for Indiana, going 10-of-11, as the Pacers won for the fourth time in five games.
Jermaine O'Neal tallied 25 points and eight boards for Indiana, which won at home over Boston for the 16th time in the last 20 meetings. Danny Granger totaled 13 points for the Pacers.
Al Jefferson scored 15 points to go along with 17 rebounds for the Celtics, who haven't won since topping Memphis on the road, 128-119, on January 5.
Boston is only one setback away from tying the franchise record of 13 straight losses in a season, established twice in the 1990s. The first time was February 1 - March 2, 1994, and that was equaled from February 5 - March 1 of the 1996-97 campaign.
Indiana led by 20 points at the start of the final quarter, but poor foul shooting contributed to a Boston comeback. The Celtics were behind 90-72 with 3:54 left after Tinsley hit two foul shots.
Boston methodically cut into its deficit and used a 7-1 run to get within 100-96 with 26.2 seconds left after a three-pointer from Gerald Green.
However, Tinsley hit one foul shot and Sebastian Telfair then missed a three- point try for the Celtics. Tinsley's two free throws with 8.9 seconds left iced Indiana's win.
"I think we were relaxed a little bit," O'Neal said. "We have to learn to keep a team down. I think the second and third quarters may be the best we've played all year."
Boston led by as many as seven points in the first quarter and held a 30-24 edge after 12 minutes.
It was 34-26 early in the second before Indiana used a 13-2 burst to go ahead. O'Neal hit one foul shot with 4:55 left before halftime to cap the rally. Granger's jam and subsequent three-point play made it 50-40 with 1:45 to go in the quarter and it was 52-43 at intermission.
A 15-2 Indiana run to end the third expanded its cushion to 76-56.
"We made a run at the end, probably got closer than they wanted us to," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "When you haven't won in 11 or 12 games, your shots just get heavy."
Green had 14 points, Ryan Gomes 13 and Telfair 11 for Boston...Troy Murphy had 10 rebounds for Indiana, which went 29-of-46 at the foul line...Indiana didn't have a three-pointer, marking the first time in 267 games without a long distance shot. The last time the Pacers did not make a three was Dec. 13, 2003 against Chicago...Boston hosts the Lakers Wednesday. Ironically, the Celtics snapped their first 13-game skid with a home win over the Lakers on March 4, 1994. The second 13-game string was broken with a victory at Toronto in 1997.
01/31 02:19:11 ET