BOSTON — For the second time in eight nights, Paul George was just a bit too much for the Boston Celtics to handle on Wednesday night.
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The Indiana forward scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out three assists to lead the Pacers to a 102-91 victory over the Celtics.
George, who had the same totals in the Pacers’ home win over the Celtics a week earlier, scored nine consecutive Indiana points in a 1:20 span of the third quarter. He also nailed back-to-back shots with the Pacers ahead by three midway through the third quarter.
Forward C.J. Miles added 17 points and five rebounds, and guard Monta Ellis had 13 points, six assists and four steals for the Pacers (5-4).READ MORE: 4 Your Community: Boston Children's Museum
Guard Evan Turner, a onetime Pacer, scored a team-high 20 points for the Celtics (3-4). Guard Isaiah Thomas added 14, forward David Lee came off the bench to contribute 13 points and six rebounds, and forward Jared Sullinger had 11 points and 11 boards.
The Pacers spent Tuesday night relaxing in their Boston hotel rooms while the Celtics were winning in Milwaukee.
Indiana, which missed 11 of its 31 free throws in a 54-foul game, built a 10-point, first-half lead that quickly evaporated. The Pacers led by two at the break after the Celtics went on a 26-16 run to tie it. George hit last-second baskets to end each of the first two quarters and then hit two free throw with two seconds left in the third.
Turner, who led Boston’s third-quarter assault that was key to the win in Milwaukee, scored the first six points of the second half as Boston came out of halftime with an 11-2 run to take a seven-point lead. That was when George took over to bring his team back.
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NOTES: Celtics G Marcus Smart returned after a three-game absence caused by a sprained toe, but fellow G Avery Bradley was out with a leg injury sustained in Tuesday night’s win in Milwaukee. Bradley was kicked in the calf, and the injury is not considered serious. “I don’t think it’s an incredibly long-term thing,” coach Brad Stevens said. … Indiana coach Frank Vogel, on whether he gives advice to his friend and younger counterpart Stevens: “It’s more the other way around. I would pick his brain — he’s counseling me on stuff. I just tell him what restaurants to eat at on the road and what the travel arrangements are like. When it comes to basketball, I’m always deferring to him.” … Wednesday was Seats for Soldiers Night at TD Garden, with fans donating tickets to service personnel. There was a Veterans Day moment of silence before the game.