NBA Playoffs: Celtics come from behind to devastate shorthanded Pacers, claim 3-0 series lead

The Boston Celtics have taken a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Indiana Pacers, with their latest victory being the most painful for the Pacers yet. In Game 4, the Celtics managed to erase an 18-point deficit behind a stellar performance from Jayson Tatum, who scored 36 points. The East’s top seed showed resilience and determination to secure a 114-111 win in the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday.

The Pacers were dealt a blow before Game 4 with the absence of Tyrese Haliburton due to a hamstring injury. Andrew Nembhard stepped up in Haliburton’s place, delivering a career-high 32 points and nine assists. Despite strong performances from Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner, and T.J. McConnell, the Pacers were unable to maintain their lead as the Celtics mounted a comeback in the second half. Jrue Holiday played a key role for the Celtics, making crucial plays down the stretch to secure the victory.

The Gainbridge Fieldhouse was filled with tension as Holiday’s steal in the final seconds sealed the win for the Celtics. Although there was some controversy regarding potential fouls, the Celtics emerged victorious as Nembhard’s final shot missed the mark. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle expressed frustration over

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