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Boston at Indiana
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Boston Celtics are healthy and on another roll, and they'll look to extend their latest winning streak to five in a row when they visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. Swingman Gordon Hayward returned from a fractured hand to score 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the Celtics' 110-88 win over Cleveland on Monday night as Boston improved to 10-0 at home with a dominating performance.

"It was good to have him back," forward Jayson Tatum told reporters of Hayward, who missed a month of action. "I was excited, everybody was excited, and he was excited." Kemba Walker scored 22 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Celtics, who shot a season-high 57.7 percent while making 15-of-27 3-pointers. The Pacers have split their last six games after opening a two-game homestand with a 110-99 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Indiana was held below 100 points for the first time in nearly a month while falling to 9-3 at home.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCS Boston, FS Indiana

ABOUT THE CELTICS (17-5): Boston saw a 29-point lead cut to 12 in the second half against Cleveland, prompting coach Brad Stevens to get Walker back up off the bench midway through the fourth quarter, and the star guard responded with three quick 3-pointers to help his team pull away. "I just told the team afterwards, if you want to be special, then model after Kemba," Stevens told reporters. "Because Kemba sits over there, thinks his night is done, gets put back in the game, drills three 3s and ends it. I mean, special is not for everybody, but that's just different." Tatum chipped in 19 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double.

ABOUT THE PACERS (15-9): Indiana trailed by 24 points late in the third quarter in Monday's game before making a late push to get within seven in the game's final two minutes. "The last quarter, coach (Nate McMillan) just said go out and play, try to get it down to 10, put some pressure on them and try to make a run," forward Domantas Sabonis told reporters. Sabonis hauled in a career-high 22 rebounds and Malcolm Brogdon led the way offensively with 20 points.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Sabonis entered Tuesday tied for third in the NBA with 13.5 boards per game.

2. Celtics G Marcus Smart missed Monday's game with an eye infection and is day-to-day.

3. Including a four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs last season, Boston has won seven consecutive meetings.

PREDICTION: Celtics 109, Pacers 107
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Boston 17-5 W4 10-0 7-5 2-2 15-3 5-2 11-2
Indiana 15-9 L1 9-3 6-6 1-0 14-9 3-5 10-7
Last Meeting
Boston Indiana
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/21/19 BOS 110 IND 106 110 43 46.2 106 43 40.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Boston G. Hayward 20 77.8 3
Indiana B. Bogdanovic 22 42.9 9
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Boston A. Horford 12 6 6
Indiana T. Young 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Boston K. Irving 7
Indiana D. Collison 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Boston J. Tatum 503 41.4 75
Indiana T. Warren 497 50.5 66
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Boston J. Tatum 176 28 148
Indiana D. Sabonis 342 90 252
Assists Player  
Boston K. Walker 111
Indiana M. Brogdon 173
Quickchart Matchup
Boston Boston Off vs  Indiana Indiana Defense
Boston Off vs Indiana - Points For 110.6 Points For
Boston Off vs Indiana - Points Against 104.7 Points Against
Boston - FG% 45.1 FG%
Indiana - FG% 43.9 FG%
Boston - Reb 45.8 Reb
Indiana - Reb 43.6 Reb
Indiana Indiana Off vs  Boston Boston Defense
Indiana Off vs Boston - Points For 108.8 Points For
Indiana Off vs Boston - Points Against 102.8 Points Against
Indiana - FG% 46.8 FG%
Boston - FG% 43.0 FG%
Indiana - Reb 44.5 Reb
Boston - Reb 46.5 Reb