Indiana Pacers defeat Boston Celtics, 113-104

Although he resides in his home state as president of the Indiana Pacers, Larry Bird keeps close tabs on the team he always will be identified with, and he lauded its revamped roster.

“Picking up [Rasheed ] Wallace is going to help them, and we know Marquis Daniels, he’s going to be a major plus for them,’’ Bird said before his Pacers beat the Celtics, 113-104, at Conseco Fieldhouse last night. “I talked to [Celtics president] Danny [ Ainge] and told him if you can get ...

The rest of the NBA has no regard for the Celtics’ lofty goals or the fact they may be a step slow and ailing in the second game in two nights. The rest of the NBA has no sympathy. They thirst to knock off a championship contender.

The Pacers used 29 points from Danny Granger and 25 from Dahntay Jones to run away from the Celtics, 113-104, at Conseco Fieldhouse last night.

Boston’s 9-point halftime lead over Indiana was gone by the end of the third quarter and the Ce...