The Boston Celtics are the first team in the 2019 NBA Playoffs to win all 4 games to end their first round early.
Indiana Pacers 106 – 110 Boston Celtics
In the east, the Celtics dominated every game in their best-of-seven series to take a 4-0 lead over Indiana Pacers and head into round 2 with plenty of rest.
Celtics trailed 49-47 at half-time but had the better of both the final two quarters to seal a much-deserved win. Indiana have now lost in the first round each of the last four years they made the playoffs.
They will now face either the Milwaukee Bucks or the Detroit Pistons, with the Bucks having the greatest chances of progressing, given their 3-0 lead in their series.
The Celtics starting lineup struggled as they found no offensive rhythm together. Without the play of Hayward, Morris and Terry Rozier off the bench, the Celtics would be headed back home with a game to play.
Fortunately, they were playing a Pacers team that didn’t have the offensive firepower to punish them. Even in Indiana’s strong runs, it felt like a drowning team fighting just to keep its head above water.
Tatum slams it home following the ridiculous steal by Kyrie in today's Play of the Game! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/7fDSD0NBTD
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 21, 2019
Irving shot under 40 percent in three of four games against the Pacers.
Horford averaged 11.0 points on 34.0 percent shooting against the Pacers.
Jaylen Brown finished the series with two solid offensive performances but had eight combined points in the first two games against the Pacers.
The Pacers gave eight of their players 10 or more minutes on Sunday. Six of those players (Thad Young, Bogdanovic, Darren Collison, Wesley Matthews, Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans) will be free agents at the end of the season, meaning that this was the last time these players will share a floor together.
Elsewhere in the east, Philadelphia 76ers lead 3-1 in their series with a 112-108 win over Brooklyn. Orlando Magic faced another defeat against Toronto (85-107) as the Raptors also lead 3-1 in the first round. The Pistons take on the Bucks on Monday night to try and deny them from a clean 4-0 sweep.