The Boston Celtics took game one of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night at home, but they barely got it done. Boston led by as many as 13 in the second half and it looked like they were going to cruise to a win. However, the Indiana Pacers wouldn't go away. The Pacers climbed back into the game, and they took a five-point lead with under two minutes to go. They also led by three with under 10 seconds left and they had the ball. They ended up committing a turnover, and then Jaylen Brown drilled a three to send the game to over time.

Jaylen Brown was the hero for the Celtics in game one after his heroic shot to send the game to overtime. It looked like Boston was dead in the water, but Brown sparked some life back into his team, and they found a way to get the win in OT.

After the Pacers turned the ball over and gave it back to the Celtics with under 10 seconds left, Boston had a chance to draw up a play. It worked to perfection, and Brown knew that he was going to be open for the three.

“We drew up a play, and it was perfectly executed, I told Jrue [Holiday] I was going to be open in the corner, and I was,” Brown said after the game during a post-game interview.

Jaylen Brown was right, he had an opening in the corner, and he took it. The Celtics are now up 1-0 in the series.

The Pacers let game one slip away

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) reacts after his three point basket sending the game into overtime against the Indiana Pacers in the fourth quarter during game one of the eastern conference finals for the 2024 NBA playoffs at TD Garden.
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If you're the Celtics, you're feeling great right now after surviving game one and taking a 1-0 lead in the series. Boston is the heavy favorite to win the series, and they are now one step closer to achieving their goal after Jaylen Brown helped them get the win.

As for the Pacers, that one hurts bad. Indiana had a chance to go on the road and completely change the perception of this series. If they can go up 1-0 in this series, they put a ton of pressure on the Celtics. As the favorite to win it all, there is already a lot of pressure on Boston. The Pacers let a golden opportunity slip right through their fingertips in game one.

Now, the Pacers have to regroup as game two will be on Thursday. The game will begin at 8:00 ET, and it will be airing on ESPN. The Celtics are currently favored by 9.5 points.