Celtics edge Pacers on Rozier's steal and layup

Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers (17-13) are back at home on Monday as they host the Boston Celtics (25-7), who now have the best record in the Eastern Conference.

For the next two minutes, the teams traded buckets, with IN getting two baskets off of offensive rebounds as Thaddeus Young and Lance Stephenson both mixed it up IN the paint to keep the Pacers within striking distance.

Irving gave the Celtics late hope with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 9.3 seconds to play, cutting the deficit to 111-110.

Irving stepped out to the left corner for a 3-pointer, cutting the IN lead to 107-105 with 27.5 seconds left.

"That was one helluva of a game to be a part of", Irving said after Boston won for the eighth time in 12 games.

Trailing 100-93 with 4:28 left in the game, the Pacers went on a 14-2 run to take a five-point lead at 107-102 with 0:31 remaining.

But for Boston, Kyrie Irving was an almost unstoppable offensive force, racking up 30 points and passing out four assists as the Celtics managed steal a win.

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The dunk let the Celtics overcome a 38-point performance by Victor Oladipo. With less than a minute remaining, Oladipo hit a 3-pointer that gave IN its first lead of the game and a layup that stretched the Pacers' lead to 107-102 with 31 seconds left.

In other games, Eric Gordon scored 17 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter to power the Houston Rockets to a thumping 120-99 triumph over Utah and their 14th straight win. "We gave ourselves a chance to win and we competed with the best team in the Eastern Conference. It was just a insane game". But when Bogdanovic cut the Celtics lead to five points with a trey, Larkin answered with back-to-back hoops off a backdoor cut and a 15-footer.

Now at 26-7 on the season and 13-4 on the road, the Celtics enjoyed their most improbable win of the year.

Indeed, the Pacers had the Celtics on the brink of defeat unlike any team Boston has been able to rally back from, this season. The Celtics finished the game shooting 55 percent from the floor on 44 of 79.

Kevin Durant scored 36 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and passed out eight assists.

After successfully defending the Celtics and securing the rebound, the ball found its way back into the hands of Oladipo, whose 3-point shot sailed directly through the center of basket, putting the Pacers up by three with 52.2 seconds left in the game.

Hornets 109, Knicks 91: Frank Kaminsky scored 15 of his season-high-tying 24 points in the first half to give host Charlotte a jolt off the bench in snapping a three-game skid.

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