Donald Sloan missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have given the 1-2 Pacers the victory. Sloan, who had hit a 3 to tie the game at 74, also missed a short jumper that would have given the Pacers the lead with 12.9 seconds left. Chris Wright fouled Boston’s Phil Pressey with 10.8 left and Pressey hit the winning free throws.
“We didn’t execute the last play real well, but Donald had a good look,” said Pacers’ assistant coach Dan Burke. “I was proud of our guys. The second and third quarters (when the Pacers fell behind by 14) were struggles. We battled back, found another gear and had a chance to win.”
For the second straight game rookie Solomon Hill, the Pacers’ No. 1 draft pick, led in scoring with 15 points. Orlando Johnson had 13 points, Sloan 11 and Miles Plumlee 9, along with a team-high seven rebounds. The Pacers struggled offensively most of the game, shooting just 36 percent and committing 16 turnovers.
They have Wednesday off and return to play Thursday against Utah at 11:00 a.m.