Celtics take 2-0 lead over Pacers, Tyrese Haliburton exits early; Oilers win Game 1 in double overtime

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This was the game Celtics fans were worried about, and for good reason. Boston — a wonderful, powerful basketball machine — had lost three straight Game 2s, seemingly always finding a way to cast some doubt on its excellence.

Not this time. After trailing early, the Celtics ripped off a 20-0 run to take the lead from the Pacers, ultimately cruising to a 126-110 Game 2 win two days after a miraculous Game 1 victory.

Jaylen Brown tied a playoff career-high with 40 points, and it’s clear Indiana doesn’t have a good option to slow him down. Then again, when Brown is at the peak of his powers, no one does. He attacked relentlessly (11 free throws), finished strong at the rim and nailed four 3-pointers. Add in 23 each from Jayson Tatum and Derrick White and 14 points (on 6-for-7 shooting) and 10…


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