Bennedict Mathurin scored 26 factors, together with the deciding free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining, and the Indiana Pacers rallied after All-Star level guard Tyrese Haliburton suffered a hamstring harm to beat the Boston Celtics 133-131 on Monday night time.
Haliburton strained his left hamstring when he slipped and did the splits on a drive within the second quarter. He was carried to the locker room by two teammates. An MRI was scheduled for Tuesday.
“That was a really deflating second,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle stated. “(However) this was an necessary recreation. Each recreation that we play has the power to be a season-defining recreation.”
Mathurin was fouled by Kristaps Porzingis on a 3-pointer simply earlier than time expired. The decision was reviewed and upheld. Mathurin sank the primary two free throws and missed the third on goal.
“I used to be excited,” Mathurin stated. “It was a fairly good factor to be part of.”
He completed 8 of 15 from the sphere, together with 5 3-pointers, as Indiana cut up a two-game dwelling collection towards the highest group within the Japanese Convention.
“Actually wonderful effort from our group,” Carlisle stated. “A number of feelings on this recreation, for lots of causes: you are taking part in one of the best group in basketball and Tyrese’s harm scenario.”
All-Star Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 40 factors on 17-of-26 capturing for the Celtics, who have been with out main scorer Jayson Tatum. The four-time All-Star sat out to handle a left ankle sprain. Tatum averages 27.5 factors, and he had 38 factors, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in Saturday’s 118-101 win over the Pacers.
“He stepped up and did not drive something,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla stated of Brown. “He let the sport come to him. He scored in many alternative methods.”
Jrue Vacation scored 21 factors and Porzingis had 19 for Boston.
“All of us performed a comparatively first rate offensive recreation,” Mazzulla stated, “however all of us must be higher on protection.”
The Pacers trailed by 9 factors at halftime however completed with seven double-figure scorers. Aaron Nesmith scored 17 factors, Myles Turner 16 and Buddy Hield 15.
Brown thought he was headed to the road for potential game-deciding free throws after officers whistled Hield for a foul with the sport tied at 131 and three.2 seconds remaining. However a assessment overturned the decision and awarded possession to the Pacers.
Celtics: Host Minnesota on Wednesday.
Pacers: Host Washington on Wednesday.