BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving is a bad man; bad meaning good, damn good.
The Celtics looked like a team treading water most of Game 2 against Indiana, only for Irving to do what the game’s great ones do - elevate his play when his team desperately needed him to as Boston rallied for a 99-91 win Wednesday night that put the C's up 2-0 in their first-round series.
Those around Irving did their jobs better, harder with more effort defensively and left him the job of carrying the offense.
Did. He. Ever.
Irving’s fourth-quarter heroics were just what the Celtics needed.
The six-time All-Star finished with 37 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter as Boston rallied from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit to take control of the series that now shifts to Indianapolis for Games 3 Friday and 4 on Sunday.
Here are some of the standouts from the nail-biting Game 2 win:
MVP - Kyrie Irving
He delivered a slew of big plays when the game mattered most, the kind of performance that reminds us all why Irving is widely considered one of the best players in the NBA - not just a great ball-handler, but a great player. He led all scorers with 37 points on 15-for-26 shooting along with six rebounds and seven assists.
Most Improved - Jayson Tatum
He was having a solid night by and large, but he came up big when it absolutely mattered. After missing a wide open 3-pointer that would have put the Celtics ahead late in the game, he drained one for the go-ahead basket and sealed the victory with a dunk while being fouled with 8.8 seconds to play. He would finish the night with 26 points on 11-for-20 shooting.
Sixth Man -Tyreke Evans
One of the main reasons why the Pacers played with a lead most of the game was Tyreke Evans off the bench. He would tally 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting with seven rebounds.
With the Celtics trailing 91-89, Bojan Bogdanovic drove into the lane and had his shot blocked by Al Horford. Boston quickly got the ball up court and into the hands of Jayson Tatum, whose 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 92-91 lead they would never relinquish.
Dud - Marcus Morris
From Game 1 Hero to.. this. After dropping 20 points in Game 1, Morris missed all eight of his shots in Game and finished without scoring a single point.
The series shifts to Indiana for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Sunday.
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