Celtics 94, Pacers 75

Kevin Garnett went over the fans sitting courtside to save the

ball, and then he ran through the seats halfway up the court before

he found an opening – over the broadcast table – to get back on the

floor.

By the end of the game, he couldn’t get back on the floor at

all.

Garnett scored 18 points before he was ejected for a flagrant

foul in the fourth quarter, but by then the Boston Celtics were on

their way to a 94-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers that snapped a

four-game losing streak.

”You could tell we needed this win, and that’s how we came out

tonight,” Garnett said after Boston held the Central

Division-leading Pacers to a season-low 31.8 percent shooting. ”We

needed a win. Tonight was the night to stop the bleeding. I felt

like we did that.”

Rajon Rondo added 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds for

Boston, which had lost eight of 10 to fall a season-worst three

games below .500. Garnett also had seven rebounds and made a nice

play to keep a ball from going out of bounds in the second

quarter.

After going over the thickly padded courtside seats, Garnett

couldn’t find a gap in them to get back on the court. He ran

through the fans until he got to midcourt, then jumped onto and

over the broadcast table to return to the game.

Things weren’t so comical by the fourth quarter, though. After

three Pacers technical fouls, Garnett picked up a Flagrant 2 for

hitting Tyler Hansbrough in the face while flailing with his

arms.

The Celtics center said he was merely trying to knock the ball

away. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he thought referee James Capers

was trying to keep the game – which was long out of reach – under

control.

”I think he was thinking, `I’m going to do him a favor,’

because it was getting chippy,” Rivers said.

Asked if Garnett apologized, Hansbrough said: ”KG apologize?

Are you from here?”

Hansbrough, who scored 19 points, said his immediate concern was

his history of concussions; he didn’t notice whether Garnett had

reached out.

”I took a shot I’m the head,” Hansbrough said. ”I had to take

care of myself. I wasn’t really concerned about retaliating at the

time. I was just making sure I was OK.”

Coach Frank Vogel, who had one of Indiana’s three technicals,

said the game was physical on both sides.

”It was only a matter of time before their defense bounced back

and it bounced back in a big way tonight,” he said.

David West and Roy Hibbert had 10 rebounds apiece for the

Pacers. Indiana had won six of seven and nine of 11. West and Paul

George each went 4 for 18 from the floor.

Paul Pierce scored 13 for the Celtics, and rookie Jared

Sullinger had seven points and 10 rebounds before fouling out for

the fourth time in seven games.

Indiana led 16-15 after one, with Hibbert collecting five points

and six rebounds in the opening quarter. The Celtics trailed 20-19

early in the second when they scored 17 of the next 20 points to

open a double-digit lead. Boston made it a 15-point game before the

end of the half but led 47-35 at the break.

The Pacers cut the deficit to 10 points with the first basket of

the third quarter but Boston soon went on an 11-2 run to make it a

19-point game. It was 24 in the fourth quarter.

NOTES: Indiana’s Lance Stephenson was called for a technical

foul for taunting after hitting a 3-pointer in the first quarter.

Pierce missed the free throw. … Vogel was called for a technical

in the second quarter and West picked one up for shoving in the

third. … Pierce converted a four-point play in the second

quarter, his first since 2008, according to Celtics.com. … The

Celtics used their ninth different starting lineup this season in

32 games.