Early in the strike-shortened season, the Indiana Pacers defeated the Boston Celtics twice. Boston turned the tables against Indiana in late January, defeating the Pacers 94-87. On Saturday night, the Boston Celtics returned to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and gave Indiana their first loss in their last five games.
The Pacers were behind for most of the game, and were struggling to overcome a double-digit deficit. Indiana shot poorly from the floor, hitting only 26 of their 74 shots. The Pacers got close, but could not take the lead. Indiana tied a season low point total, with only 72 points scored on Saturday night in the loss. Boston only put up 86 points themselves, but it was enough to win. The Celtics defeated the Pacers with only eight players dressed and ready to start the game.
Danny Granger scored 20 points, and Roy Hibbert grabbed 17 rebounds, but there was very little help from anywhere else on the floor for the Pacers. Only three Pacers scored double digit points, and Hibbert was the only Pacer player to rack up double digit rebounds. Indiana was playing the second game of a back-to-back, where they had defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder at Bankers Life Fieldhouse the night before.
Indiana was playing their sixth game in eight days, but have no time to rest or to lament the loss. The Pacers have a match-up against the Toronto Raptors on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which will mark the first time Leandro Barbosa will play his former team, since a trade from Toronto to Indiana last month.