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Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers coach Nate Nate McMillan summed it up pretty easily when talking about Game 4 on Sunday and with his team trailing Boston 3-0. "I've been asked a lot this season -- 'Is it a big game tomorrow?' Sunday is a big game. It's do or die for us. It's just simple as that; that's what we consider a big game." The Pacers haven't been out of the first round of the playoffs since the 2013-14 season.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Damian Lillard drops 25 points in the third quarter, and 23 of them came after Russell Westbrook rocked the baby.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Things are heating up: Westbrook swats Lillard and yells to the crowd, then Dame has something to say back and now they're talking. Next possession, Westbrook scores over Lillard for an and-1 and very demonstrably rocks the baby as Lillard smiles at him.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Pacers are going to win the series against the Celtics they're going to have to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 deficit. Boston took a 3-0 lead with a 104-96 victory on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers came from 15 points down in the first half to lead by as many as five points in the third quarter, but as it's been too often since All-Star Victor Oladipo (leg) was lost for the season, they lacked a go-to scorer who could create his own shot. Guard Tyreke Evans came off the bench to score 19 points in 22 minutes. The Pacers shot 11-for-39 (28.2 percent) from the field in the second half. Game 4 is Sunday in Indianapolis

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

The third quarter was a slow one - again - for the Pacers. They were only 6-of-22 from the field, which is a major reason why they went from leading by two points at halftime to trailing by seven, 80-73, heading into the final quarter. Boston has a 2-0 lead in the series.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Damian Lillard took a blow to the midsection and is in some pain on the court. Might've gotten the wind knocked out of him. Picked up his second foul late in the first on the play, too.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyreke Evans and Thad Young combined for 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting in the second quarter. The 20 points by the two outscored the entire Celtics team

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Enes Kanter hears some pretty solid cheers as his name is called in starting lineups. Puts a hand up to acknowledge it.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pacers trailed by as many as 15 points and gave up 11 3-pointers, but they head into halftime with a 61-59 lead behind Tyreke Evans' 15 points in just 11 minutes off the bench. The Celtics and Pacers are both shooting 55 percent from the field.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

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.