Rozier's dunk caps Celtics' rally to 112-111 win over Pacers

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Kyrie Irving had another solid game for the Boston Celtics on Monday, leading his team to a 112-111 victory over the Indiana Pacers on the road.

IN was paced by Oladipo's 38 points, 30 of which came after halftime. Lillard had 17 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds while Jusuf Nurkic and C.J. McCollum each scored 20 for the Trail Blazers. The Pacers inbounded the ball following a timeout, and Rozier jumped to tip the ball away ahead of his dunk.

Victor Oladipo led the Pacers (17-14) with 38 points, 30 in the second half. Defensively, the Pacers are yielding 106.8 points against the opposing teams.

The next Celtics possession, out of a timeout, was botched when Lance Stephenson interrupted a pass and knocked it out of bounds off Rozier.

Early on it looked Boston might coast to an easy win as the Celtics wasted little time Monday night showing why they have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

But Jaylen Brown fouled out with a loose ball foul after the basket, which Stephenson converted with two free throws.


Thunder 95, Nuggets 94: Russell Westbrook scored 16 of his season-high 38 points in the fourth, including the tiebreaking free throw with 2.3 seconds left, to lift Oklahoma City.

The lead continued to shrink throughout the fourth quarter with an Oladipo 3-point play tying the score at 100, with 1:52 to play.

The C's improve to 27-6 with the win. Jayson Tatum added 16 points and Marcus Smart had 15. Twelve points to honor Rozier's jersey number. Rozier's offensive rebound while on his back, saved by a Stevens timeout, was wasted on a subsequent turnover.

Pacers: The Celtics' 18-point lead in the first quarter was Indiana's largest first-quarter deficit this season. Irving scored 30 points on Tuesday on 12-of-23 shooting, including 5 of 8 from three, and none were bigger than the the pair of triples he hit in the closing minute to even give Rozier a chance at that steal.

The C's answer was a Theis 15-footer, and after an IN answer, Theis hit the back-cutting Semi Ojeleye with a bounce pass. Ojeleye was fouled and hit both free throws for a 100-92 lead with 4:28 left.

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