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NBA: Boston bounces back to beat Pacers

/ 10:58 AM April 08, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The Boston Celtics rebounded from one of their worst defeats of the season to beat the Indiana Pacers 86-72 on Saturday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena.

Forward Paul Pierce scored 24 points and Ray Allen came off the bench for the second game in a row to finish with 19 points for the Celtics who snapped a two-game skid with their sixth victory in their last eight games.

Boston was coming off a disappointing 93-86 loss to Chicago on Thursday in a contest in which they blew an 11 point lead at halftime at home. They lost to San Antonio the game before.

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Kevin Garnett had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who are in a first place battle in the Atlantic Division with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics host the 76ers on Sunday.

Danny Granger led Indiana with 20 points and David West shot eight-of-10 from the field to finish with 16 points for Indiana, who had their four game win streak halted.

Allen started the game on the bench because of a sore ankle which caused him to miss six straight games before returning to face Chicago.

After hosting the 76ers, the Celtics will face Miami and Atlanta.

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