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The Boston Celtics inch closer to a first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers

Published 7:33 AM, April 21, 2019

Updated 7:33 AM, April 21, 2019

ON FIRE. Celtics star Kyrie Irving sustains his hot playoff streak. Photo from NBA Twitter

ON FIRE. Celtics star Kyrie Irving sustains his hot playoff streak. Photo from NBA Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – The Boston Celtics withstood a late surge to post a 104-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers to take a stranglehold 3-0 lead in their first-round NBA Eastern Conference series on Friday, April 19 (Saturday, April 20, Manila time).

Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving took charge as the Celtics moved within a win of the conference semifinals.

The Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, seized a 2-1 series edge over the Orlando Magic after a 98-93 decision behind Pascal Siakam’s postseason-career high 30 points and 11 rebounds.

In the Western Conference, Russell Westbrook scored 33 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Portland Trail Blazers, 120-108, to trim their series deficit to 2-1.

Game results

Boston 104, Indiana 96 (READ: Celtics push Pacers to elimination brink)

Toronto 98, Orlando 93 (READ: Westbrook, Thunder trim Blazers’ series lead)

Oklahoma City 120, Portland 108 (READ: Siakam picks up slack as Raptors escape Magic)

– With a report from Agence France-Presse

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