The NBA Playoffs first-round games are coming to an end, but the first team to clinch their spot in the second round was the Boston Celtics. On Sunday, Boston went into enemy territory and took on the Indiana Pacers at home. Boston would ultimately come out victorious.
Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris were the main reasons the Celtics came out on top last Sunday. Hayward scored a healthy 20 points, and Morris added 18 points of his own. The two stars combined for five three-point field goals in the last six minutes to boost Boston to finish out on top 110-106.
The first three games of the series were led by Boston’s ability to play lockdown defense in the second half. Game four was a much different story. It was the offense that had to step up and pull the Celtics to the finish line.
As the score shows, the Pacers weren’t going away easily either. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and Tyreke Evans scored 21 points respectively in game four. Tyreke Evans’ impressive performance also led him to a playoff career high in points.
For the Pacers, this sweep could not have come at a worse time. For the Pacers, this is the second time in three years they were swept, and it shows how much Oladipo being out affected their team. Without their star player, they struggled to find the bottom of the net in the series, and the offense seemed to be missing a step.
Up next for both teams is two very different paths. For the Celtics, they prepare to face the Milwaukee Bucks, and for the Pacers, they have to try and figure out how to build the team to get out of the first round of next year’s playoffs.
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