Terry Rozier's unexpected steal and dunk lift Celtics over Pacers

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Horford then hit a corner 3-pointer, and 49 seconds later, Rozier drove to answer a Domantas Sabonis hoop.

"Kyrie (Irving) and Marcus (Smart) had the first trap and Marcus was trying to yell to the referee, 'I'm fouling, I'm fouling!' but they didn't call it". "That was a great effort by them".

It's safe to say that those two points were Rozier's most memorable of the nine he had over 23 minutes played in the game.

Irving had 30 points for Boston, which trailed 107-102 after Oladipo's basket with 31 seconds left.

Rockets 120, Jazz 99: Eric Gordon scored 17 of his season-high 33 points in the fourth quarter to help power 15-0 and 11-0 runs as host Houston seized its 14th straight win. Oladipo scored 12 of his 38 points in the final two minutes. With less than a minute remaining, Oladipo hit a 3-pointer that gave IN its first lead of the game and a layup that stretched the Pacers' lead to 107-102 with 31 seconds left.

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (calf) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Boston Celtics.

Boston led by as many as 19 points in the first quarter, but head coach Brad Stevens wasn't all that thrilled about the position his team was in so early.

"It's a tough, tough loss", Oladipo said after IN lost to Boston for the fifth straight time. "It's a tough, tough loss", Oladipo said.

"It's a 48-minute game and we just lost our composure", IN coach Nate McMillan said of the poor execution. We gave ourselves a chance and we competed with the best team in the Eastern Conference.

For the next two minutes, the teams traded buckets, with IN getting two baskets off of offensive rebounds as Thaddeus Young and Lance Stephenson both mixed it up IN the paint to keep the Pacers within striking distance. But when Bogdanovic cut the Celtics lead to five points with a trey, Larkin answered with back-to-back hoops off a backdoor cut and a 15-footer. It's the third time since 2000 the Celtics have won despite an opponent making 22-plus free throws. The Celtics 38 first-quarter points were the most the Pacers have allowed in a first quarter this season.

Pacers: The Celtics' 18-point lead in the first quarter was Indiana's largest first-quarter deficit this season. The 61.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc was a season-best for Boston.

Irving scored eight points during the final 1:37.

Terry Rozier jumped in front of a pass thrown by the Indiana Pacers' Bojan Bogdanovic at midcourt with four seconds left, got out in front of the break and dunked with 1.6 seconds as the C's pulled out a 112-111 win.

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