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Tatum helps Celtics rally to beat Pacers, 116-111

It was Indiana's first loss of the young season.
Credit: AP
Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' T.J. Warren, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS — Jayson Tatum scored 27 points and the Boston Celtics erased a 17-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers, 116-111. 

Jaylen Brown scored 20 for the Celtics, who had a 33-18 scoring edge in the final quarter. 

The Pacers built an 88-71 lead in the third quarter and were still ahead by 11 entering the fourth, when Tatum scored 14 points and the Celtics surged to a 109-100 lead. 

The game was similar to when the teams met on Sunday. The Pacers had a huge third quarter before the Celtics rallied to take the lead. The Pacers won that one, 108-107, on Domantas Sabonis' layup with 8.4 seconds remaining.

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