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Kyrie Irving, Celtics Dominate 2nd Half to Secure 84-74 Game 1 Win vs. Pacers

Kyrie Irving, Celtics Dominate 2nd Half to Secure 84-74 Game 1 Win vs. Pacers

The Boston Celtics looked like a team incapable of flipping a playoff switch in the first half.

Marcus Morris scored 20 points off the bench and Kyrie Irving added 20 of his own, leading the Celtics to an 84-74 win over the Indiana Pacers in Sunday's Game 1 of their first-round series.

Cory Joseph had a team-high 14 off the bench, as the Pacers shot 33.3 percent for the game.

The Pacers held Boston to 32.5 percent shooting in the first half and 84 points overall and lost by 10. Credit due to the Celtics defense, but they're playing without Marcus Smart, their best defender who will likely miss at least the first two rounds because of an oblique tear.

The first half was perfect evidence, with the Celtics looking totally disjointed and trading the occasional scowl while Stevens looked on with a blank expression.

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