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Jaylen Brown says Pacers ‘as tough as anybody’ Celtics played

The Boston Celtics moved past the Indiana Pacers in convincing fashion with a sweep to reach the NBA Finals.

Boston’s balanced and deep roster, led by their star duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, pushed their way toward a second NBA Finals appearance, with the pairing leading the charge.


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Brown earned the Larry Bird Trophy as the Eastern Conference Finals MVP after averaging 29.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 51.7 percent from the floor and 37 percent from beyond the arc.

The 27-year-old scored 20 or more points in each game, including a 40-point outing in the convincing Game 3 win on the road. Although Brown was excited to earn that prestigious honor, he voiced his respect for the Pacers.

“I’m just happy that we won,” Brown said via ESPN. “And give credit to Indiana, they played us tough. I know people think that Indiana wasn’t a good team or whatever the case may be, but I thought they were as tough as anybody we played all season. They were physical, they were fast, they put a lot of pressure on us. So shout out to them, and respect to them.”


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Tatum had a strong case to earn the Larry Bird Trophy after averaging 30.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor. He tallied 20 or more points in all four games while posting 30 or more twice.

The Celtics will head into the NBA Finals as the favorites awaiting either the Dallas Mavericks or Minnesota Timberwolves.

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