Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston, which snapped a 1-4 skid and is third in the Eastern Conference, while Gordon Hayward added 27 points, 10 boards and five assists in his home state.
Smart put the Celtics ahead for good at 111-109 with 49.7 seconds left by scoring in the lane over Domantis Sabonis, who led Indiana with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. “We were really calm. You’re going to have to learn to win games like this.”
Victor Oladipo finished with a season-high 27 points to power a stunning comeback for the Pacers, who fell into an 85-66 hole late in the third quarter. “Go down three and find a way to win is probably a good thing for our team in the long run. That was hard.”
Boston shot 44% from the field and did just enough from 3-point range and the foul line to hold off the Pacers, who shot 50%.
“We have 18 games left after this,” Stevens said.