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Boston Celtics Edge Indiana Pacers in Eastern Conference Finals Opener

In a thrilling start to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics claimed victory over the Indiana Pacers with a narrow 133-128 win in overtime at the TD Garden in Boston.

The Celtics’ Jaylen Brown emerged as a hero for his team, sinking a crucial three-pointer with just six seconds remaining in regulation time to level the scores at 117-117 and force the game into overtime. Brown’s clutch shot set the stage for an intense overtime period.

Powered by Jayson Tatum’s impressive performance of 36 points, the top-seeded Celtics managed to seize control in overtime. Tatum’s crucial three-pointer, coupled with Derrick White’s lay-up in the final minute, secured the victory for Boston, putting them ahead in the series.

Reflecting on the dramatic win, Jaylen Brown, who contributed 26 points to the Celtics’ victory, emphasized the unpredictable nature of the NBA playoffs, stating, “Welcome to the NBA playoffs. Anything can happen.” Brown highlighted the Celtics’ resilience, emphasizing the team’s ability to persevere until the final buzzer.

The Indiana Pacers put up a valiant effort but ultimately fell short, committing 21 turnovers throughout the game, including a critical turnover just before Brown’s game-tying three-pointer. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle took responsibility for the loss, acknowledging his failure to call a timeout before the pivotal moment.

Looking ahead, both teams are gearing up for a highly anticipated Game two, scheduled to take place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Thursday. With the series finely poised, the Celtics and Pacers are set to battle fiercely for a crucial victory.

The victors of the best-of-seven series will advance to the NBA Finals, where they will face off against either the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Dallas Mavericks, who are competing in the Western Conference Finals. The NBA Finals are slated to commence on June 6, promising more exhilarating basketball action on the road to the championship.

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