Celtics Sweep the Pacers, Advance to the NBA Finals

Boston Celtics player Marcus Smart #36 shoots a three point at the Amway Center in January 2020
Boston Celtics player Marcus Smart #36 shoots a three point at the Amway Center in January 2020. Photo by Marty Jean-Louis via headlinephotos/Depositphotos

The Boston Celtics are going to the NBA Finals. The Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 105-102 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night to end the series in a sweep.

This will be the second NBA Finals appearance for the Celtics in three years. They are likely to face the Dallas Mavericks there, who have a commanding 3-0 lead in the West Finals series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Pacers played without their best player in All-NBA point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury for the second straight game, but still managed to put up an admirable effort. They entered the fourth quarter with a three point lead and led by as much as nine points in the period.

However, the Celtics didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to close out the series then and there. Forward Jaylen Brown went on an impressive stretch while Derrick White hit a clutch three-pointer to help Boston get away with a narrow win.

Brown was the best player on the floor, scoring 29 points and adding six rebounds while also making a key block and dishing the assist to White for the game-sealing three-pointer. Brown ended up being named the recipient of the Larry Bird Trophy as the MVP of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“I’m just happy that we won,” Brown told the reporters after the game. “And give credit to Indiana, they played us tough. I know people think that Indiana wasn’t a good team or whatever the case may be, but I thought they were as tough as anybody we played all season. “