Paul Pierce scored 24 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 86-72 on Saturday night.
Ray Allen added 19 points, Kevin Garnett scored 15 and Rajon Rondo had 12 assists for the Celtics as Boston snapped a two-game skid and remained ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers at the top of the Atlantic Division.
Danny Granger scored 20 points, David West had 16 and Roy Hibbert added nine points and 17 rebounds for Indiana.
The Pacers had won four in a row and scored more than 100 points in five consecutive games, but they matched their lowest point total of the season against Boston. Indiana shot 35 percent from the field, made just 5 of 22 three-pointers and committed 19 turnovers.
The possible first-round playoff opponents split their season series, winning two games apiece.
The Pacers were coming off a home win against Oklahoma City on Friday night, but looked tired against the Celtics.
Boston took a 22-19 lead, then held the Pacers scoreless for the next 7:23 to take ...