Brown Scores 40 As Celtics Secure 2-0 Series Lead

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The Boston Celtics secured a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals with a decisive 126-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers. After a subpar performance in game one, the Celtics found their rhythm at TD Garden, where Jaylen Brown scored 40 points, matching his career-best in a playoff game.

Jaylen Brown, who was excluded from the All-NBA selection on Wednesday and did not make the list of the league’s top 15 players for the season, showcased his value by leading the Celtics in scoring. Jayson Tatum and Derrick White also made significant contributions with 23 points each.

The Pacers faced a setback when star player Tyrese Haliburton exited in the third quarter due to a left hamstring injury. Haliburton had scored 10 points and provided eight assists before being forced off the court, having previously missed 10 games in January with a similar injury. Despite this, Pascal Siakam, who scored 28 points for Indiana, emphasized that Haliburton’s potential absence should not distract the team in the best-of-seven series.

Indiana will host games three and four on Saturday and Monday, riding the momentum of an 11-game home winning streak. In the Western Conference Finals, the Dallas Mavericks hold a 1-0 lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves, with game two scheduled for Friday.

The winners of the conference finals will face off in the NBA Finals, with game one set to be broadcast live on BBC One at 01:30 BST on Wednesday, June 7.