Pacers 111, Celtics 109
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Clark Kellogg scored on a five-foot jump shot at the final buzzer Saturday night, lifting the Indiana Pacers to a 111-109 National Basketball Association victory over the Boston Celtics and snapping the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak.
Kellogg, who finished with a team-high 21 points, grabbed the rebound of Vern Fleming’s missed jumper and put up the winning shot over Boston center Robert Parish.
Boston, which led at the end of each of the first three quarters, held a 109-107 advantage after Dennis Johnson scored with 36 seconds left.
But Indiana guard Terence Stansbury scored with 30 seconds remaining to tie the game at 109-109, and Larry Bird missed a jumper on Boston’s last possession to set up Kellogg’s heroics.
The Celtics had led by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter, grabbing a 100-93 lead on Kevin McHale’s basket at the 6:00 mark.
Bird, returning to his native state and playing in front of a capacity crowd of 16,904, poured in 17 points as the Celtics took a 33-31 lead after one quarter.
He continued his hot shooting in the second period, finishing the first half with 10-of-13 shooting from the field and 28 points as the Celtics took a 61-59 halftime lead.
Johnson, held scoreless in the first half, scored 10 points as Boston took an 81-74 lead two-thirds of the way through the third quarter, which ended with the Celtics on top 89-87.
Bird paced all scorers with 33 points, but Kellogg held him to five points in the second half. Parish scored 19, McHale had 18 and Bill Walton put in 16 for the Celtics, who lost for only the second time in 10 games.
Steve Stipanovich scored 20 points for the Pacers, now 3-6. Herb Williams added 17, and Stansbury finished with 16.