MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Vin Baker had seven points and four
rebounds in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points as the
Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 84-80 in a preseason game
Al Harrington scored 17 points for the Pacers, who had five
players in double figures.
Baker and Mark Blount scored on consecutive dunks, and Baker
followed with a baseline jumper to give the Celtics a 76-68 lead
with about seven minutes left.
Indiana's Carl English, who finished with 11 points, hit a
3-pointer to lift the Pacers within three, 80-77, with 2:40 left.
Omar Cook hit two free throws to pull Indiana within three with
19 seconds left, but Brown hit a free throw to help seal the win.
Indiana capitalized on sloppy play by Boston to build a 10-point
lead in the first quarter.
Two 3-pointers by Walter McCarty and two free throws by Baker
helped give Boston its first lead at 35-34.
A dunk by McCarty made it 41-36 and Boston took a five-point
lead into the break.
Mike James hit a 3-pointer to give Boston a six-point lead early
in the third quarter, but two jumpers by Harrington lifted Indiana
A 3-pointer by English gave Indiana the lead, but two free
throws by Pierce and a jumper by Brown started a 12-5 run at the
end of the third, and Baker kept the Celtics ahead in the final