Jaylen Brown drops 40 as Celtics repeat over Pacers for 2-0 lead

In a slightly less dramatic fashion than Game 1, the Boston Celtics secured a 126-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, taking a commanding 2-0 series lead as they head to Indianapolis.

The upcoming Game 3 is set for Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Jaylen Brown was the standout performer for the Celtics, exploding for 40 points on 14-of-27 shooting in a stellar display of scoring prowess. His all-around game was on full display as he disrupted the Pacers on defense while dominating on the offensive end.

Playing a crucial role in a pivotal 20-0 run that swung the momentum in favor of the Celtics, Brown showcased his scoring versatility at every level.

Despite some early struggles, Jayson Tatum contributed 23 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while Derrick White delivered a standout performance with 23 points and six assists of his own.

The Celtics’ strong start to the series, especially considering the absence of center Kristaps Porziņģis, bodes well for their prospects of advancing to the NBA Finals with ample time for rest.

However, the Pacers faced a setback beyond the loss on the scoreboard, as star guard Tyrese Haliburton exited the game with left leg soreness in the third quarter.

Haliburton’s absence will be a significant challenge for the Pacers, but Pascal Siakam stepped up in Game 2 with 28 points on efficient shooting to lead the team’s offensive efforts.

As they face a crucial Game 3, the Pacers will have to regroup and adjust in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Celtics, on the other hand, will look to maintain their momentum and potentially close out the series in a decisive manner.

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