Clutch Celtics close out Pacers for East Finals sweep, book second Finals trip in three years

Published May 28, 2024, 11:57 AMPao Ambat

This is only the second time that the Boston Celtics recorded an Eastern Conference Finals sweep since 1986.

The Boston Celtics are now bound for their 23rd NBA Finals trip and get shot for their 18th NBA title.

Same manner, same result. 

Just like the first three games, the Boston Celtics made just enough plays to escape the Indiana Pacers and booked a trip back to the NBA Finals.

Derrick White hit a tie-breaking corner triple with 45 seconds late as the Celtics leaned on a strong finishing kick to outlast the Indiana Pacers, 105-102, for a second NBA Finals trip in the last three years.


With a score tied at 102-apiece, Jaylen Brown made a clutch defensive block on Andrew Nembhard before driving to the basket and finding an open White in the corner to give the Celtics the lead.

That triple capped off a remarkable 15-2 Boston in the final six minutes of regulation, coming back from a 98-90 lead and holding the Pacers scoreless in the final 3:32 seconds of the game.

Jrue Holiday, who had a clutch steal in a Game 4 win, grabbed a key offensive rebound down the stretch to finally seal a dominating East Finals sweep for the Celtics, who are now 12-2 in the playoffs.

Brown had 29 points--who was named as the Eastern Conference Finals MVP--while Jayson Tatum added 26 and Holiday and White combined for 33 markers.

After steamrolling in the regular season en route to clinching the NBA-best overall record, the Celtics are now slowly silencing their critics, ending the Pacers’ magical run even without injured big man Kristaps Porzingis.

Nembhard, on the other hand, led Indiana with 24 points while Pascal Siakam had 19 and the duo of T.J McConnell and Obi Toppin coming up with 15 and 13 respectively.

Despite leading by as much as nine points in the final frame, the Pacers fought till the end but faltered late and did not score a field goal in the final 3:32 minutes.

Nembhard’s three-point play early in the fourth put his squad ahead by nine points, 94-85.

Superstar guard Tyrese Haliburton did not play for the second straight game due to a left hamstring injury and his absence in the last two games proved a crucial blow for Indiana, especially in moments where the Pacers needed a basket or create one.

The Celtics now await the winner of the Dallas Mavericks-Boston Celtics West Finals series.