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Indiana Pacers (1-1) at Boston Celtics (1-1), 6 p.m.

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(Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics try to defend their home floor when
they welcome the Indiana Pacers to FleetCenter tonight.

Indiana bounced back from a Game 1 loss at Conseco Fieldhouse with an 89-77
victory on Tuesday. The Pacers now seek a road win to regain home-court

In Game 2, Jermaine O'Neal put forth a monster effort. O'Neal scored 23
points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the victory. Reggie Miller added 18 and
Jamaal Tinsley chipped in with 15 points to place all five Pacer starters in
double figures.

The Pacers' defense stepped up in Game 2, holding the Celtics to 35.9 percent
shooting from the floor. Paul Pierce, who scorched the Pacers for 40 in Game
1, was limited to just 14 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the field.
Boston's 12 fourth-quarter points tied the fewest ever scored against the
Pacers in the final period of postseason game.

O'Neal tied a franchise postseason record with his 20 rebounds and his 17 on
the defensive glass set a new club mark. Miller played his 111th game in the
postseason, the most by any player in Pacer history.

The Celtics rallied from an 18-point deficit, but their furious comeback
attempt feel short. Antoine Walker led the way with 19 points while Walter
McCarty added 16.

"We did our job by getting one game," Pierce said. "We've just got to take
care of business at home."

Boston has won four straight over the Pacers at FleetCenter, including both
meetings during the 2002-03 regular season.

These two clubs are meeting in the postseason for the first time in 11 years
and for the third time in NBA history. The Celtics took both of the prior
meetings in the first round of back-to-back years (3-2 in 1990-91, 3-0 in
91-92), though this will be the first time Indiana entered the series with
the home-court advantage.

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