Celtics hold off Pacers rally, Lakers slump again

LOS ANGELES: The Boston Celtics held off a ferocious second half rally to defeat the Indiana Pacers 129-124 on Tuesday as the Los Angeles Lakers crashed to another heavy defeat.

The NBA Eastern Conference-leading Celtics cruised into a 20-point first half lead at the TD Garden against a Pacers lineup bolstered by the return of Tyrese Haliburton.

But Indiana came to life in the third quarter, outscoring Boston 37-25 to briefly edge into the lead before the Celtics regained control of the contest and closed out victory in the fourth.

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