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The Celtics dominated the Pacers throughout Wednesday night’s game at TD Garden.
Boston won by 51 points, which was the second-largest winning margin in franchise history. Still, Jayson Tayum, Kristaps Porzingis and Derrick White played more minutes (27 apiece) than any of Indiana’s starters.
Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla eventually played the entire selection. Payton Pritchard played 26 minutes and scored 15 points on 6-10 shooting. Oshae Brissett got 20 minutes. Lamar Stevens, Luke Kornet and Dalano Blanton all got some playing time.
In total, the Celtics bench scored 46 points. Mazzulla said that’s why he’s choosing not to take his foot off the gas pedal when the Celtics grow up.
“I don’t think – no,” Mazzulla said when asked if he could relax now that the Celtics are so many points ahead. “But that’s because there are five guys in the game who have done their very best to get to that spot. The best thing I can do for them is coach them because that’s what they want and that’s what they’re looking for.”
“And so I try to coach it like it’s the first quarter,” Mazzulla continued. “Out of respect for the guys who are on the floor and the work they put in.”
Mazzulla praised the bench players for their performance. Pritchard dished out nine assists. Sam Hauser made five of his six three-point attempts. Only two of Boston’s 11 turnovers came from bench players.
“They were organized,” Mazzulla said. “They got to their place faster. I thought Payton organized it well. I thought Dalano got their distance, they made plays for Sam. I thought all those guys, Luke and Lamar and O’Shea and Svi, felt like we played with more purpose. In this way they managed the match in the right direction.
“There are things you can do to put yourself in a better situation, and that is defending without making mistakes, limiting it to one shot and not giving up in transition. Those are three things they did in the game against Washington, and three things they did in this game to take that away.”
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