Celtics Edge Pacers

10 Reasons Game 3 Was a Series Turning Point

The Celtics' ability to shut down the Pacers’ offense in the final 18 minutes of the game.

The pivotal steal by Jrue Holiday in the closing moments to secure the victory.

Boston’s rally from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter.

The impact of Tyrese Haliburton not playing, weakening the Pacers’ offensive execution.

Boston’s improved performance in clutch moments compared to previous games.

Jayson Tatum leading the team with critical assists and scoring.

Al Horford’s contribution with seven 3-pointers, a career-high.

The Celtics’ adjustments to the Pacers’ switching defense.

Effective transition defense by the Celtics, limiting the Pacers’ fast breaks.

The Pacers’ missed final 3-pointer which could have tied the game, highlighting Boston’s defensive resolve.