|Date of game: 11/7/2014
Recap: Boston vs. Indiana
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jared Sullinger scored 17 points with six rebounds and five assists to lead the Boston Celtics to a 101-98 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Jeff Green scored 15 points for Boston, while Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley netted 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Roy Hibbert finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have lost five straight since an opening-night win over winless Philadelphia.
Chris Copeland tallied 17 points and Donald Sloan added 15 in the setback.
Boston, which snapped a three-game losing streak, won the game but lost rookie point guard Marcus Smart to an ankle injury.
Smart drove the lane early in the fourth and was fouled by A.J. Price as the two got tangled up. Smart rolled his ankle on Lavoy Allen's shoe before getting fouled, and immediately grabbed at his lower left leg in pain.
After more than five minutes with Boston's medical team on the court, Smart was stabilized on a stretcher and wheeled into the locker room.
The sixth overall pick finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting in 15 1/2 minutes of action.
According to initial reports, X-rays were negative, but Smart will still undergo an MRI.
"We're going to go take him in for a further look," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "It's either a sprained ankle or broken. We hope it's a sprain."
Phil Pressey came on moments after Smart exited the contest and gave the Celtics a lift, scoring five points with four assists. Pressey's 3-pointer capped a 9-2 run for an 82-77 Celtics lead just over two minutes into the fourth.
Later in the quarter, Brandon Bass received a behind-the-back pass from Pressey and hit a corner jumper before Sullinger knocked down a 3-pointer for a 97-90 lead with 3 1/2 to play.
Indiana chipped away at the lead over the next couple of minutes, as Boston went cold. Hibbert's free throws cut the deficit to 97-96 with 58.3 seconds remaining.
"Our guys were battling the whole night," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "It was a back-and-forth game."
Sloan's driving layup was off the mark on the Pacers' next possession, and Green nailed a pair of free throws after a huge offensive rebound with 6.1 seconds left.
Sloan and Bradley traded two free throws to keep it a three-point game.
Out of a timeout, Stevens had a zone defense set up and Gerald Wallace picked off the inbounds pass as Boston held on.
"I thought we were great defensively at the end," Stevens said.
Olynyk made back-to-back 3-pointers from the top of the arc before Green converted a hook shot for a 21-14 edge at the midway point of the first.
The Celtics led by 13 after a 9-2 run late in the second quarter, but they didn't score over the final 2:50 and Indiana closed the half on a 10-0 run, trailing 55-52 at half.
Indiana then took the lead out of the break, scoring the first seven points of the third for a 59-55 after Solomon Hill's ferocious driving dunk. The Pacers led 75-73 entering the fourth.Game Notes
Boston has won 10 of the last 13 against Indiana at home ... The Celtics went
39-for-85 from the floor ... The Pacers owned a 42-38 rebound edge and a 56-34
advantage in the paint.