Boston Celtics honor the memory of legend Bill Walton in dramatic 105-102 win to sweep Pacers and reach NBA Finals

The Boston Celtics secured a spot in the NBA Finals by completing a sweep of the Indiana Pacers with a thrilling 105-102 win. Despite trailing by nine points with just under nine minutes left, the Celtics rallied to claim victory and advance to the Finals for the second time in three years.

Key performances from Jaylen Brown, who scored 29 points, and Jayson Tatum, who contributed 26 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists, were instrumental in the Celtics’ victory. In a heartfelt moment, the win came on the same day that the passing of franchise legend Bill Walton was announced, adding extra emotion to the game.

Walton, a key member of the Celtics’ 1986 championship team, was honored by both teams before the game, highlighting his enduring impact on the franchise. The Pacers, playing without injured star Tyrese Haliburton, put up a strong fight led by Andrew Nembhard’s 24 points, but ultimately fell short in front of their home crowd.

The Celtics now await the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves. With the Finals set to begin on June 6, Boston will have ample time to rest and prepare for their next opponent, potentially giving injured center Kristaps Porzingis the opportunity to recover and return to the lineup.

Overall, the Celtics’ victory over the Pacers not only secured their spot in the Finals but also served as a tribute to the late Bill Walton, underscoring the team’s resilience and determination in the face of adversity. As they look ahead to the championship series, the Celtics will rely on their depth and talent to pursue another NBA title.

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