Kyrie plays closer role in Celtics-Pacers preview

12:13 AM ET

Tim BontempsESPN

BOSTON — Friday night’s game at TD Garden between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers was billed as a playoff preview. For those on hand to watch it, though, it simply felt like a playoff game.

In the end, it was the Celtics who came away with the 114-112 victory, a win that could be summed up with one succinct thought — one that could also prove to be the difference in their likely upcoming playoff series:

The Celtics have Kyrie Irving. The Pacers don’t have Victor Oladipo.

Boston’s closer, and Indiana’s lack thereof, was ultimately what decided this one, as Irving’s layup with 0.5 seconds left won the game for the Celtics, while the Pacers’ inability to convert down the stretch robbed them of a chance to all but lock up home-court advantage when these two teams likely meet in the postseason.

Kyrie Irving hit a driving layup with 0.5 seconds left and the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 114-112 on Friday night.

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