Depleted Celtics Get Big Game From Paul Pierce to Beat the Pacers

Pierce's 17 in 3rd leads Celtics past Indy 94-87

AP Sports Writer
      BOSTON (AP) – Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 28 points in the
third quarter, hitting a 3-pointer and two more baskets as the
Celtics ran off 11 consecutive points to pull away and beat the
Indiana Pacers 94-87 Friday night.

      Pierce added 10 rebounds and eight assists to help Boston win
its fourth consecutive game despite playing without starters Ray
Allen, Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal. Kevin Garnett and Mickael
Pietrus added 13 points and eight rebounds apiece as the Celtics
matched their longest winning streak of the year.

      Danny Granger scored 21 points for Indiana, which had beaten
Boston twice this season – both times by more than 10 points. Paul
George scored 16 with nine rebounds and David West had 14 points
and eight rebounds.

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