The Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers, 118-101, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday night.

With the win, the Celtics improved to 28-7 while the Pacers fell to 20-15.

Check out the full box score here.

Boston got off to a bittersweet start, holding Indiana to a season-low 17 points in the first quarter while also losing starting center Kristaps Porzingis with an eye irritation injury after just six minutes on the floor.

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But that would be the only ice-cold frame from the same Pacers that eliminated the Celtics from the NBA In-Season Tournament back on Dec. 4. Indiana went toe-to-toe with Boston, creating yet another playoff-like atmosphere between two of the Eastern Conference’s top squads.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown set the foundation, combining for 69 points to help make up for Porzingis’ early departure.

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The Celtics also needed to make up for their sloppy — and costly — miscues, committing 18 turnovers, resulting in 16 points for the Pacers. However, in the fourth quarter, Boston built its much-needed separation, taking its largest lead of the night (19 points) to secure a second consecutive Celtics win.

Three matchups in, Boston and Indiana have presented what could be the premonition for an upcoming playoff battle between the two down the line.

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— Tatum was hands down the best player on the court, notching a 38-point, 14-rebound double-double while shooting 14-of-23 from the field. He also knocked down eight 3-pointers and tallied six assists to outshine everyone on Indiana’s side.

— Brown followed Tatum’s lead, pitching in 31 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field along with four rebounds.

— Indiana’s Bennedict Mathurin finished with a team-high 20 points off the bench, shooting 7-of-15 from the field with four rebounds and two steals.

FanDuel Sportsbook set the odds of Tatum recording his 13th double-double at +220, which the 25-year-old cleared with ease. A $100 wager on Tatum would’ve netted a $320 total payout.

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The Celtics will remain in Indiana for a second straight duel with the Pacers, on Monday night. Tip-off from Gainbridge Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. ET.

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