The Boston Celtics' third-quarter woes nearly cost them again on Tuesday night, but they were able to overcome a 17-point deficit to take down the Indiana Pacers.
Jayson Tatum was a big reason why. The 22-year-old superstar finished with 27 points (9-for-17 shooting) with 11 rebounds and was stellar in the fourth. Jaylen Brown had 20 points of his own and four steals. Payton Pritchard's impressive rookie campaign continued as he scored 10 points while bringing down five boards and dishing five assists off the bench.
Victor Oladipo was absent for the Pacers' win over the Celtics on Sunday, but he returned Tuesday to lead Indiana with 24 points. Malcolm Brogdon was solid once again for the Pacers with 19 points and seven assists.
Here were the top highlights from the C's second win of the season:
FINAL SCORE: Boston Celtics 116, Indiana Pacers 111
CELTICS RECORD: 2-2
Time Lord with the slam:
Tatum showing off the moves
Smart with the alley, Thompson with the oop
Brown --> Theis
vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. ET
at Detroit Pistons: Friday, Jan. 1, 7 p.m. ET
at Detroit Pistons: Sunday, Jan. 3, 3 p.m. ET