Asked about the significance of winning on the road to go up 3-0, Irving said: "It's a great step. We gotta put together a 48-minute game and we haven't been able to that".
IN blew a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead.
IN desperately needed a win to avoid facing its second sweep in three years, but Boston started fast and closed it with a 10-4 spurt late in the fourth quarter.
"In Game 4, we expect (Indiana) to take it to another level", Jaylen Brown said after scoring 23 points. Instead of Celtics waiting to take opportunities given to them by the defense, they appeared to try and get their shots off whenever they could.
The Indiana Pacers are willing to make adjustments.
For Indiana, it has been a nightmare of a series. Horford opened the final period scoring on a hook shot in the lane and Tyreke Evans responded with a 3-pointer on Indiana's first possession.
Svechnikov in concussion protocol after fight with Ovechkin
Transitioning to home ice proved beneficial for the Hurricanes as they shutout Washington to win their game in the series. Svechnikov, a Russian scoring winger, had said earlier in the series that Ovechkin is someone he looked up to growing up.
But then the Celtics did it again.
The star guard lit up the Pacers for 18 first half points, giving the Celtics a 52-50 lead at the break with a floating jump shot off of the glass with 1 second remaining in the second quarter.
"I can tell you we wouldn't be the No. 5 seed if not for those two guys", Doug McDermott said not long after the Pacers sang "Happy Birthday" to Bogdanovic following practice. "We took quick shots, bailed them out, and lost our rhythm".
Harden had 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Rockets led from the start to record a straightforward win. The Celtics wound up 15 of 34 on 3s after making 11 of 17 in the first half.
Boston gets a chance to close out IN in the best-of-seven on the road on Sunday afternoon. The Lakers set the previous mark, 38, during the 2000 NBA Finals. After averaging 14 points over three regular season games against Boston, Turner has scored 12 combined over the first two games of this series. IN wound up 11 of 30 on 3s after starting 8 of 15 and committed no turnovers in the second quarter. But now, after facing IN five times IN three weeks, the Celtics appear to have turned those characteristics into hallmark traits of their own. IN clearly misses Victor Oladipo at this point of the season. The Pacers believe Oladipo's mere presence should help pump up the home crowd. The Pacers have scored under 100 in four of their last five games, all losses. "I think ultimately sometimes we overreact to makes".
"Sabonis is a really good player, who we have a ton of respect for", Brad Stevens said. "It's either the third or the fourth quarter".