The Pacers, seeded fifth in the East, missed their first seven shots of the second half and mixed in three turnovers as their seven-point lead turned into a 47-45 deficit before Myles Turner hit one of two free throws with 7:02 left in the period.
IN led by as many as 11 in the first half before Boston opened the third quarter with a 22-3 run to take a 60-48 lead.
"We'll you figured they'll make adjustments", Pacers guard Darren Collison said. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 11 rebounds. First up, the Celtics get the benefit of playing a Pacers team without their best player.
"I thought we kind of lost our way", McMillan said.
The Celtics finished with 84 points, the lowest they've scored all season long. The Celtics never really got going offensively, but they never really needed to in a double-digit victory.
Joseph finished with 14 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 12 for IN, which shot 33.3 percent for the game overall.
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Boston's run included a brief appearance by Celtics Hall of Famer and former Pacers front office executive Larry Bird, who was shown on the big screen during a timeout. The Celtics blew the Pacers out in the third quarter to open their 2019 postseason run with a decisive win.
The period ended with Terry Rozier connecting on an acrobatic 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining to put the Celtics ahead 64-53.
Marcus Smart will miss the first round with a torn oblique muscle but Boston can plug either Gordon Hayward or Jaylen Brown into the starting rotation. The Pacers also made just six of their 27 3-point attempts.
While his team was able to recover from a dismal start, Stevens said the Pacers' defense deserved credit for making things hard on them throughout the game. "That game looked like a 1980s playoff game in a lot of ways with the score". The Celtics entered the year with championship aspirations and settled for inconsistency and occasional struggles on both ends of the floor, leading to a 4-seed that barely earned them an extra home game next to the Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in the first round.
Patriots team owner Robert Kraft sat courtside beside Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck.