Brown, Tatum carries Celtics over Pacers 101-98 in OT

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Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb, right, in the first half. Photo by AP / Charles Krupa

BOSTON (AP) – Jaylen Brown scored 26 points and Jayson Tatum had 24, bringing the Boston Celtics to a 101-98 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers Monday night in the first of a home-and-home series between the teams.

Robert Williams III had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, including a key block in the OT. The Celtics won for the fourth time in six games.

Torrey Craig led the Pacers with 19 points and Lance Stephenson scored 14 but missed a potential draw 3-pointer late in the OT. Indiana has lost seven of eight.

Pacers scoring manager Domantas Sabonis was held to 11 points but had 23 rebounds after scoring career-best 42 points in his last game. He finished with a triple-double and added 10 assists.

Brown’s one-handed shot from the field gave Boston a 93-91 edge with 2 minutes left in OT.

After Robert Williams blocked Oshae Brissett’s shot, Grant Williams hit a 3 from the right corner to the first basket of the night.

The Pacers reduced it to 98-95, and Stephenson’s 3s ran out with just under 10 seconds to play.

With Indiana trailing 101-98 after Tatum’s two penalty throws with 2.5 seconds left, Robert Williams stole Indiana’s long desperation pass from his own baseline, and the horn sounded.

Brown recorded the triple-double of his first career in the Celtics’ final game, a win over the Knicks on Saturday.

Tatum’s fadaway jumper on the left baseline made it 89 with 1.8 seconds left of regulation.

Holiday’s controversial jumper from right in front of Boston’s bench jumped off the rim when the buzzer sounded and sent it to OT.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Sabonis went into the final quarter with just four points after his big game in a win over Utah and missed two easy looks from offensive rebounds on the same possession midway through the third quarter. He also went to the floor after being punched in the face as he tried to walk up to a shot without a call. … They missed 18 of their initial 22 from 3-point range. … They only had 60 points after three quarters.

Celtics: Robert Williams had a couple of crowd-pleasing put-back jams in what was a relatively uneventful first half. … Guard Payton Pritchard remains in the league’s health and safety record.

EASY TO FIND

Tatum wore sneakers that were fluorescent orange that easily stood out with most of his teammates wearing white or black.

NO RUSH

Stephenson slowly dribbled the ball up the floor without any defensive pressure and was called for an eight-second offense in the third quarter.

PACE IN AND OUT

Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon missed his ninth game in a row with a sore right Achilles tendon, and guard Chris Duarte was put on the sidelines for personal reasons, but Craig returned after missing the last two games with soreness in his right groin. … Justin Anderson, Goga Bitadze, Caris LeVert and TJ Warren are all in the COVID-19 protocol.

NEXT

The teams meet again in Indiana Wednesday night.

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