Oladipo’s triple lifts Pacers over Celtics

first_imgLATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Stevens said Hayward, coming back from leg surgery, would remain restricted to fewer than 30 minutes per game for the foreseeable future.“He’s in the ‘increase by a tick’ phase,” Stevens said. “We’ll just keep evaluating him week to week. It’s a long-term plan based on getting him back to not only playing one game but 82 games. He’s probably pretty frustrated by it at times, but does a good job not showing it.”DÉJÀ VUOladipo’s shot came just more than one year after his first signature finger-pointing, “My city” celebration. On Oct. 29, 2017, three months after being traded to Indiana from Oklahoma City, Oladipo’s 3-pointer gave the Pacers a 97-94 win over San Antonio.UP NEXT:Celtics: Play the second-game of a five-game road trip against Denver on Monday.Pacers: Host Houston on Monday night. 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Everybody had their moments. In those situations when you’re playing a good team you can’t lose focus. You just never know when the game is going to change.”Marcus Morris had a team-high 23 points and six rebounds for the Celtics.“We got beat by a good team,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “Oladipo made a big shot.”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving finished with 18 points and six boards, and Hayward was the only starter not to score in double figures, finishing with four points and seven rebounds. . Marcus Smart contributed three points and nine assists. . The loss also snapped Boston’s three-game win streak in Indianapolis.Pacers: TJ Leaf, a second-year forward out of UCLA, entered with only two points all season but scored five Saturday in his customary second-quarter stint. Leaf played the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and added a dunk to finish with seven points. . The team waived forward Ben Moore and recalled center Ike Anigbogu from the G League.WORKING HIS WAY BACK Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The All-Star guard, who was battling bronchitis, finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds and said he envisions his heroics.“Moments like this, yeah,” Oladipo said, “and moments like this down the line.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe game was a tense affair with 10 ties and 18 lead changes and a compelling matchup between Indiana and Boston.The Celtics led 101-97 when Kyrie Irving hit a 3 with 37.2 seconds to go, but Jaylen Brown fouled Oladipo at 29.2 seconds, and he made both free throws to set up the dramatic finish. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, right, passes the basketball defended by Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown during an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo heard the final buzzer and pranced to the sideline, pointing both index fingers to the floor, and mouthing, “My city.”Oladipo’s 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining Saturday night gave Indiana a 102-101 comeback victory over the Boston Celtics and was yet another example of his increasingly routine heroics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.ADVERTISEMENT With 11 seconds left, Oladipo rebounded Irving’s miss, dribbled across midcourt and pulled up from the right wing, launching over the outstretched arms of Boston center Al Horford. As the ball dropped through the net, Oladipo skipped toward the bench.“We were really calm,” Oladipo said. “The crowd was excited, but we were calm. We knew we needed one more stop.”After the Celtics used a timeout to advance the ball and draw up a final play, Gordon Hayward inbounded but had his pass deflected and stolen by Oladipo, snapping a four-game win streak for Boston, which reached the Eastern Conference finals last spring.The Pacers, coming off a first-round playoff exit, passed an early-season test in large part by repeatedly earning free throws. While Boston attempted only nine, and made six, Indiana shot 19 of 25 from the line.That came in handy on a night Boston shot 43 percent (38 for 88) and the Pacers 41 percent (36 for 87).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lamb has season-high 19, Hornets rout Cavaliers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more