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Published Time: 24.05.2024 - 01:04:07 Modified Time: 24.05.2024 - 01:04:07

One game after his game-saving 3-pointer and one day after he was left out of the voting for the league's top 15 players, Brown scored 10 points during a 20-0 Boston run that turned a first-quarter deficit into a second-quarter lead that the Celtics never relinquished. Things got worse for Indiana in the third, when star Tyrese Haliburton reinjured the left hamstring that kept him out of 10 games in January. Celtics, pacers vs celtics, Jaylen Brown



The Celtics take care of at home with a commanding Game 2 win over the Pacers fueled by Jaylen Brown's 40 points. (1:35)

"I think he cares it in a way that motivates him, and I think he doesn't really care it at all," Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said after watching Brown match his playoff career high of 40 points in Boston's 126-110 victory over Indiana in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night.

"He understands that winning is the most important thing," Mazzulla said. "He just cares the right stuff."

One game after his game-saving 3-pointer and one day after he was left out of the voting for the league's top 15 players, Brown scored 10 points during a 20-0 Boston run that turned a first-quarter deficit into a second-quarter lead that the Celtics never relinquished. Things got worse for Indiana in the third, when star Tyrese Haliburton reinjured the left hamstring that kept him out of 10 games in January.

"The beginning of the second quarter certainly changed the game a lot," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said said. "The third was tough, and losing Ty for the game obviously was a big blow."

Jayson Tatum and Derrick White scored 23 points apiece and Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 10 assists for the top-seeded Celtics, who lost Game 2 in both of their previous series this postseason.

Pascal Siakam scored 28 points for Indiana, which heads home for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday nights in an arena where they have won 11 straight games - including six in the playoffs - since March 18. Haliburton, who had 25 points and 10 assists in the series opener, had 10 points and eight assists Thursday before leaving the game in the third.

"We need Ty, but 'next man' mentality," Siakam said. "We've got to play together. This team got where we're at by playing together. ... It's on us to continue."

One game after the Celtics jumped to a 12-0 lead and Indiana spent the rest of the first half clawing its way back, the lead changed hands 10 times in the opening quarter, with the Pacers holding a 27-22 edge with 1:14 left.

Then Boston scored the next 20 points.

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