FILE – Kemba Walker # 8 of the Boston Celtics celebrates during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at TD Garden on February 16, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer / Getty Images / AFP

Kemba Walker scored 32 points, a season-high, as the Boston Celtics sagged on a slow start to beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 118-112 on Friday night.

Daniel Theis had 17 points and Jaylen Brown 15 as the Celtics broke a three-game losing streak, winning only the fourth time in their last 12 games.

Robert Williams III had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the Boston bench, and Jeff Teague also scored 14 points. Newly-named All-Star starter Jayson Tatum had nine points on 4 of 18 shots.

Domantas Sabonis, named a substitute All-Star earlier today, had 24 points and nine assists to lead the Pacers, who lost their second in a row. Justin Holiday added 19 points and Myles Turner contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds.

A 9-0 run saw the Pacers go 98-97 with 8:14 remaining in the fourth quarter. Walker emptied the buckets back to back and the Celtics regained control, leading 110-101 with 3:47 to go.

Indiana pecked, a layup from Sabonis saw the visitors move to 112-109 with 1:23 to go. Theis and Sabonis traded three points, and Walker made his free throws with 11.6 seconds left to secure the victory for Boston.

Despite trailing 14 in the opening five minutes of the game, the Celtics had a one point lead in the second half. A 10-2 run helped Boston extend their margin to 77-67 on a 3-point Theis at 7:07 of the third, and after Indiana responded with a 10-2 push, Walker drained a trey for an 82- 77 edge.

The Celtics entered fourth place 92-84.

The Pacers scored the game’s first 12 points after an early bucket from Theis was cleared for not beating the shot clock. Indiana led 18-4 before Boston regained their legs, Walker leading a run to bring the hosts to 20-19. At the end of the quarter, the Celtics were up 32-31.

The Pacers were ahead 60-59 on a bucket of Malcolm Brogdon with 41.5 seconds left in the half, but Brown made his shot at the other end to give the Celtics a 61-60 advantage at the break.

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