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NBA: Boston 86, Indiana 72

April 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, April 7 (UPI) -- Paul Pierce and Ray Allen combined for 44 points Saturday, propelling the Boston Celtics to an 86-72 victory over Indiana.

Pierce netted 24 and Allen 20 as Boston snapped a two-game skid with the help of Kevin Garnett, who provided 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Celtics won for for the sixth times in eight games overall and strengthened their grip on first place in the Atlantic Division, where they held a 1 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia.

The Pacers, who entered with a four-game winning streak, fell despite a combined 36 points from Danny Granger and David West.

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