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
Paul Pierce scored 17 points, and Kedrick Brown and Antoine
Walker joined Baker with 11 points for the Celtics, who picked up
their second preseason victory.
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