Celtics recover from sluggish start to beat Pacers and notch second straight victory
Indiana forward Thaddeus Young and Boston center Tyler Zeller battle for a rebound. AP

THE Boston Celtics used a solid second quarter to make up for a sluggish start, then held off the Indiana Pacers for a 105-99 victory on Saturday in Indianapolis (Sunday, Manila time).

Isaiah Thomas scored 23 for the Celtics, who fell behind by seven after one quarter before limiting the Pacers to 14 points in the second to take a three-point lead at halftime.

Kelly Olynyk had 16 points and Avery Johnson added 14 for the Celtics, who chalked up their second straight win and fifth in nine games overall.

The Pacers, meanwhile, have suffered back-to-back losses and six in 10 games.

Jeff Teague struggled and went 4 for 15, finishing with 20 points.

Myles Turner scored 17 and Monta Ellis added 15. 

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