Andrew Bynum gets a tip-in over Boston's Jared Sullinger. (Photo: Jeff Clark/Pacers)

Andrew Bynum gets a tip-in over Boston’s Jared Sullinger. (Photo: Jeff Clark/Pacers)

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Andrew Bynum had a successful Pacers debut and helped Indiana snap a season-long four-game slide with a 94-83 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

Bynum, signed by Indiana as a free agent on Feb. 1, totaled eight points and 10 rebounds in just under 16 minutes off the bench.

“It’s a different location, a different time in my life,” Bynum said. “I’m looking forward to just going out and playing. Obviously the atmosphere is a lot better from the standpoint that we are winning.”

David West checked in with 24 points while Paul George and George Hill netted 12 apiece for the Pacers, who bounced back after losing their previous three contests by an average of nearly 20 points per game.

Jared Sullinger and Kris Humphries paced Boston with 17 and 15 points, respectively, but the Celtics folded late in dropping their fifth straight road test.

The biggest lead for Indiana was 15 late in the third quarter, but Boston stayed close behind a 16-4 run that stretched into the final stanza, as Sullinger’s 3-pointer cut the Celtics’ deficit to 69-66.

A Sullinger putback got Boston within 77-76 near the midway point, and Indiana answered with the next six points to keep the visitors at bay.

West’s three-point play within under two minutes to go made it a 91-81 game, and the Pacers held on for their first season sweep of Boston since the 1998-99 campaign.

Bynum, traded away from Cleveland and dumped by Chicago in January, entered the game with 4:22 remaining in the first quarter to a rousing ovation and made an impact on his second possession with a two-handed slam.

“He brought a lot,” said George. “There is not much on the court he didn’t do for us tonight. He really did a great job of controlling the paint, on the boards. Offensively he was huge. We made a huge emphasis to find him.”

The Pacers began pulling away late in the second quarter as another midseason addition, Evan Turner, scored seven points on a 13-2 run that extended Indiana’s lead to 47-33.

Notes: Bynum, who recorded eight or more rebounds four times in his 24 games with the Cavaliers, pulled down eight boards in just over eight minutes in the first half … Indiana shot 54.8 percent from the field, compared to 35.2 percent for the Celtics … Rajon Rondo played through a sore knee and totaled eight points and eight assists in nearly 41 minutes for Boston.

 

Team 1 2 3 4 Score
Boston 20 20 21 22 83
Indiana 24 25 20 25 94
Officials:  Bill Spooner, Marat Kogut, Sean Wright Attendance:  18165
Time Of Game: 2:11
Stats: Final
Boston MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
J.Green 36:46 3 16 0 4 6 6 1 3 4 2 3 0 0 0 12
B.Bass 22:50 3 8 0 0 5 6 1 2 3 1 3 0 1 0 11
K.Humphries 25:50 6 10 0 0 3 4 4 5 9 0 2 1 1 0 15
J.Bayless 21:29 1 6 0 1 1 1 0 2 2 3 0 0 2 0 3
R.Rondo 40:45 4 15 0 2 0 0 1 2 3 8 4 2 2 0 8
C.Johnson 28:06 6 8 2 4 0 0 1 2 3 0 2 2 0 0 14
J.Sullinger 26:00 8 17 1 6 0 0 7 2 9 0 3 0 1 0 17
K.Olynyk 21:08 1 9 0 1 1 2 5 2 7 0 4 1 1 1 3
C.Babb 9:39 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0
P.Pressey 7:15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
J.Anthony 0:12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A.Bradley DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 32 91 3 19 16 19 20 21 41 16 23 6 10 1 83
PERCENTAGES FG: 35.2% 3PT: 15.8% FT: 84.2% TEAM REB: 8 TOTAL TO: 10
Indiana MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
P.George 29:34 5 10 0 2 2 2 0 3 3 4 4 2 5 0 12
D.West 34:59 11 13 0 0 2 3 2 3 5 3 3 1 1 1 24
R.Hibbert 32:20 3 7 0 0 0 0 2 7 9 2 3 0 0 2 6
L.Stephenson 36:03 4 12 1 5 0 0 0 5 5 1 5 0 2 0 9
G.Hill 35:39 4 11 2 6 2 2 1 2 3 4 1 1 1 1 12
E.Turner 22:33 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 9
A.Bynum 15:37 3 4 0 0 2 3 3 7 10 1 3 0 3 0 8
R.Butler 7:51 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
L.Scola 13:01 5 7 0 0 1 1 0 5 5 0 2 0 3 0 11
D.Sloan 12:20 1 3 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 4 0 1 0 0 3
C.Copeland 0:03 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L.Allen DNP – Coach’s Decision
S.Hill DNP – Coach’s Decision
TEAM TOTALS 240 40 73 4 16 10 13 8 35 43 22 22 5 16 4 94
PERCENTAGES FG: 54.8% 3PT: 25% FT: 76.9% TEAM REB: 6 TOTAL TO: 16
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Boston 10
Indiana 13
TECHNICALS: Boston 0, Indiana 2
Indiana: Defensive Three Second, D.West

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One Response to Pacers snap skid in Bynum’s debut

  1. What a great way to snap a 4 game losing streak with a solid debut from Andrew Bynum against Boston. Bynum’s quote, “It’s a different location, a different time in my life. I’m looking forward to just going out and playing. Obviously the atmosphere is a lot better from the standpoint that we are winning.”—was refreshing after his 8 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. Bynum proved that he still has the desire, talent, and drive to perform at a high level. I hope that he continues to produce and enjoys playing the game with a great team like the Pacers… I’ve welcomed you once to Indiana Andrew, but after last night I’ll have to welcome you again as part of the Pacers family. Best of luck to you and go Pacers!

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