New facility, old result.
Indiana's 10th consecutive victory over the Celtics was before a sellout crowd of 18,345.
Larry Bird, who was honored at halftime along with Miller in recognition of being selected as among the 50 greatest players in Indiana basketball history, has never lost to his former team in eight games as a coach.
"I'd rather beat them than anyone in the league," said Bird, who received one of the biggest ovations when he was introduced. "I wonder what it would have been had we been down 15 at the half."
"We didn't defend the 3. It's not that we didn't run our offense. We just gave up all those 3s and too many offensive rebounds," Boston coach Rick Pitino said. "Indiana had good spacing and used it to their advantage by hitting all those 3s."
Boston rallied from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to trail 73-71 on a jumper by Vitaly Potapenko. The Pacers shot only 31.6 percent in the quarter (6-of-19), while the Celtics shot 52 percent. Pierce sparked the comeback with 10 points.
Indiana led 81-76 after three quarters and outscored Boston 8-1 in the opening minutes of the fourth. The Celtics got into early foul trouble in the period and Indiana made them pay scoring six points from the line and getting into the bonus two minutes into the quarter.
The Pacers outscored Boston 33-18 from the free throw line, making 82.5 percent of its 40 attempts. Miller was 11-of-12 from the line and is 33-of-37 for the season.
"With these new rules, I feel like a kid again, coming off the dribble and going to the line," Miller said. "I've got to be aggressive, I've got to take advantage of the new rules."
A free throw by Austin Croshere with 9:47 to go and his rebound basket gave Indiana a 91-80 lead and two free throws by Chris Mullin with 7:12 left made it 97-82 with 6:43 to play. Boston, seeking its first 4-0 start since 1987, pulled to 109-103 and had one more chance to get back into the game but Pierce turned the ball over with about a minute to go.
Indiana had six players finish in double figures with Mark Jackson getting 15 points and eight assists.
"We took care of the ball tonight," Jackson said, referring to the 32 turnovers Indiana had in its last game. "We were the show. It was a great feeling. When we ran out there, it felt very special. It's the type of environment you've got to enjoy."
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