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Jaylen Brown scores 40 points to give Boston Celtics a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals over Indiana Pacers

Jaylen Brown exploded for 40 points as the Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 126-110 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Brown’s points haul, which came a day after he was left off the All-NBA team selection, tied his career record in a playoff game and helped the Celtics take control of the best-of-seven series.

After Boston needed a late three-pointer from Brown to force overtime and then win Game 1, Thursday’s game was a more one-sided affair, with the home team taking advantage of a 20-point scoring streak between the end of the first quarter and the start. of the second.

The Pacers, meanwhile, were dealt a blow when star player Tyrese Haliburton left the game in the third quarter with a left hamstring injury, causing him to miss the entire fourth quarter.

The series now moves from Boston to Indiana for Game 3, which is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 PM local time.

Asked about Brown’s omission from the All-NBA teams — a list of the 15 best players in the league chosen by the media — Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla told reporters: “I think things like that motivate him, but I know he really wants to win. He has a growth mindset and wants to get better.”

He added that Brown, who was 14-for-27 from the field against the Pacers, is “getting better and better” as the season progresses.

Brown enjoyed a career-high joint high before a playoff game against the Pacers.  -Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesBrown enjoyed a career-high joint high before a playoff game against the Pacers.  -Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images

Brown enjoyed a career-high joint high before a playoff game against the Pacers. -Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images

The 27-year-old responded more bluntly when asked about not being selected to the All-NBA teams. “I mean, we’re only two games away from the finals,” he told reporters, “so honestly I don’t have time to care.”

Jayson Tatum had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Celtics, while Derrick White posted 23 points, four rebounds and six assists.

Pascal Siakam top scored for the Pacers with 28 points and shot 76.5% from the field, but otherwise it was a challenging night for Indiana, which hopes to turn the series around in the next two games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The loss was compounded by Haliburton’s injury.

“We’ll know more (on the status of the injury) tomorrow and then probably more on Saturday,” head coach Rick Carlisle told reporters, adding: “I know you want details, I don’t have much other than that it’s painful.”

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