Boston (TSN) – The Boston Celtics snapped their recent skid with the aid of their struggling defense.

Rajon Rondo tallied 18 points and seven assists, while Kevin Garnett added 18 points and seven boards in Boston’s 94-75 rout of the Indiana Pacers.

Over their four-game slide, the Celtics had been outscored by 19.7 points per game and allowed their opponents to register 104.5 points a contest while only holding them to a 50.5 percent clip from the floor.

It was a different story for the defense in this one.

Indiana, which had won 9-of-11 coming in, shot just 31.8 percent (27-of-85) from the field. David West and Paul George shot a combined 8-of-36 from the floor.

Tyler Hansbrough led the Pacers with 19 points.

Neither team led by more than four until the Celtics used a 17-3 run to seize control of the contest during the middle stages of the second frame.

A Pierce layup gave the hosts a 25-20 edge with 7:53 to play until halftime. Pierce later converted a four-point play and Rondo’s pull-up jumper capped the burst and made it 36-23 in favor of the Celtics with 5:13 left.

Boston took a 47-35 cushion into the break and led by as many as 20 in the third before taking a 69-51 spread into the fourth.

The margin peaked at 24 in the final period.

Notes: The Pacers turned the ball over 19 times, which led to 17 Celtics points … Garnett was ejected in the fourth quarter for a flagrant type 2 foul … Indiana led 16-15 after a period of play.

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Indiana 16 19 16 24 75
Boston 15 32 22 25 94
Officials:  James Capers, Courtney Kirkland, Marat Kogut Attendance:  18624
Time Of Game: 2:15
Stats: Final
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 31:52 4 18 0 5 1 3 2 5 7 4 2 3 3 0 9
D.West 28:30 4 18 0 1 2 2 3 7 10 1 0 2 3 1 10
R.Hibbert 24:24 3 6 0 0 1 2 2 8 10 0 2 0 3 1 7
L.Stephenson 30:19 1 6 1 3 2 4 2 1 3 3 0 2 1 1 5
D.Augustin 29:31 2 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 4 2 0 2 0 6
T.Hansbrough 22:56 7 11 0 0 5 8 2 2 4 0 2 1 2 0 19
G.Green 21:49 1 8 0 4 1 2 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 1 3
I.Mahinmi 17:42 2 5 0 0 0 2 3 1 4 0 3 0 2 2 4
B.Hansbrough 18:29 1 4 1 2 2 2 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 5
O.Johnson 12:00 2 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 7
J.Pendergraph 2:28 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
G.Hill DNP – Coach’s Decision
S.Young DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 27 85 4 17 17 28 16 31 47 14 15 8 18 7 75
PERCENTAGES FG: 31.8% 3PT: 23.5% FT: 60.7% TEAM REB: 15 TOTAL TO: 19
Boston MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.Pierce 28:59 5 10 2 3 1 3 1 5 6 5 2 1 1 1 13
B.Bass 22:28 1 5 0 0 2 2 2 6 8 1 4 1 3 2 4
K.Garnett 24:09 8 16 0 0 2 2 1 6 7 2 5 1 2 0 18
A.Bradley 22:42 3 11 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 6
R.Rondo 29:38 9 14 0 0 0 2 0 5 5 7 0 2 3 1 18
J.Collins 15:23 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 1
J.Sullinger 29:43 2 7 0 0 3 6 4 6 10 1 6 0 2 1 7
J.Green 19:01 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 3 0 1 1 2
J.Terry 14:39 2 8 1 3 1 1 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 6
C.Lee 23:05 6 9 1 1 0 0 2 3 5 2 2 1 1 0 13
L.Barbosa 5:56 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 6
J.Varnado 4:17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 240 40 89 4 9 10 18 12 37 49 22 28 9 14 8 94
PERCENTAGES FG: 44.9% 3PT: 44.4% FT: 55.6% TEAM REB: 15 TOTAL TO: 14
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Indiana 10
Boston 17
TECHNICALS: Indiana 2, Boston 1
Indiana: Coach Vogel, D.West, L.Stephenson
Boston: Defensive Three Second

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