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Brown's near perfect night helps Celtics take 3-0 series lead (1:30)

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The stat of this series: the Pacers, according to ESPN Stats and Information, have gone 12-for-40 from the field through three games on uncontested shots. Sums up Indiana's offensive ineptitude, and Boston's 3-0 series lead.

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Brad Stevens on Kyrie Irving's shotmaking: "That one little floater he made was a joke. He's ridiculous."

Irving: Celtics played aggressive through 4 quarters (1:00)
Irving converts sneaky steal into jumper (0:41)

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Celtics win 104-96, and take a commanding 3-0 lead in this series. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 23 points, while Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 10 assists. Tyreke Evans has 19 points off the bench for the Pacers, who went 11-for-39 and committed seven turnovers in the second half.

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The Pacers have — to put it mildly — had their chances in this series. They are now 5-for-13 in the fourth quarter, and 10-for-36 in the second half. They'll leave thinking they could've won for the third straight game — but will be down 3-0 in the series.

Betts, Moreland crush back-to-back dingers in Boston's win (0:39)

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Al Horford has only had two extremely short rest stints in this second half. Brad Stevens is clearly (and understandably) trying to put this series away tonight.

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Kyrie Irving checks back in with just under nine minutes to go, and the Celtics up by 6. Boston pushed the lead out by a couple points with him sitting, which is a win. Given how Indiana's offense has again fallen apart, a multiple-possession deficit will be tough to make up.

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In the third quarter, the Celtics went 7 for 24, and the Pacers went 5 for 23, getting this series right back on brand. Boston goes to the fourth with an 80-73 lead. We'll see if they can do what they did not on multiple occasions last year, and take a 3-0 lead in this series.

Tatum hits it from top of the key (0:18)

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The Pacers went 2 for 19 from the field in the third quarter in Game 1. They went 4 for 17 in the fourth quarter in Game 2. They are now 4 for 19 in the third quarter in Game 3. Fortunately for them, the Celtics are 6 for 20.

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Five minutes into the second half, the Celtics are 2 for 10, and the Pacers are 1 for 8. This looks much more like the first two games of this series than the first half's track meet did.

Tatum spins past Young for layup (0:21)

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Wild half here in Indy, where the Pacers trailed 52-40 before closing the half on a 21-7 to make it 61-57 Indiana at halftime. Both teams are shooting 55 percent from the field - a marked departure from the rock fights they engaged in back in Boston in Games 1&2.

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After two games where neither team did much scoring, both can't miss in the first half here tonight in Game 3. Boston is shooting 63 percent, while Indiana - which has cut a 13-point deficit to 5 here in the second quarter - is at 56 percent, including 6-9 from 3.

Rozier connects from the wing ... twice (0:26)

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Celtics lead 41-28 after one here in Indy. Boston finished the first quarter 16-24 overall and 8-10 from 3. Jaylen Brown already has 12 points to lead the Celtics, and has gone 4-4 from the field (including 3-3 from 3).

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The Celtics are now an absurd 14/19 from the field - including 6/7 from 3! - and are winning 34-22 late in the first. Scary for Indiana: the Pacers are shooting 53 percent from the field themselves and still getting run off the court.

Horford, Brown go back-to-back from 3 (0:24)

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Jayson Tatum gets t'd up after complaining about not getting a call (though looked like he shouldn't have). Kyrie Irving followed Tatum all the way across the court to talk to him and calm him down.