Heading into the final few days of the regular season, the Boston Celtics now have a big edge over the Indiana Pacers for the #4 spot in the NBA East thanks to a 117-97 win Friday night in Indianapolis.

Jason Tatum scored 22 and Kyrie had 17 but perhaps the biggest story is Gordon Hayward.

He was 9-for-9 from the floor and added three free throws for 21 points. Hayward is the first Celtics players since Kevin McHale in 1986 to make every shot and score at least 20 points in a game.

After a close first quarter, the Celtics outscored the Pacers by 14 points in the second quarter and then kept them at arm's length the rest of the night.

The (48-32) Celtics are a full game ahead of the Pacers for the 4th spot and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. And, they own the head-to-head tiebreaker after beating the Pacers three of the fours times they played.

NOTE: The Celtics can clinch the #4 spot with a win Sunday night over the Orlando Magic. Former UMaine Farmington guard and Woodland HS coach Steve Clifford coaches the Magic and has his team in 6th place, winning eight of their last 10 games....

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