With 3.4 seconds on the clock, Victor Oladipo knew what time it was.
Trailing by two and bringing the ball up the court after a Boston miss, Oladipo showed zero hesitation, pulling up for a 3-pointer to put the Pacers ahead 102-101 and sending Bankers Life Fieldhouse into hysterics.
OLADIPO WITH THE DAGGER THREE!! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/kpjONH8Bbp- NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) November 4, 2018
The Celtics had one chance to answer following the thrilling bucket, but were unable to get the inbounds pass in as a deflection led the 0.00 on the clock as the Pacers rushed the floor to celebrate their biggest win of the 2018-19 season - a 102-101 victory over the Celtics.
The Pacers trailed by two with 1:53 on the clock when the ball found Bojan Bogdanovic in the corner, who drained a 3-pointer to put Indiana ahead 95-94.
On the other end, a foul sent Al Horford to the free throw line, where he hit 1-of-2 to tie the game at 95 all.
After a turnover from the Pacers, Kyrie Irving drained a three from the corner to put Boston ahead. Oladipo was quick to answer, splashing home a deep jumper to pull the Pacers back within a point.
But with the Celtics back on the ball, Irving was lethal again, delivering his third 3-pointer of the fourth quarter to put Boston up 101-97 with just 37.2 seconds remaining.
Coming out of a timeout, Oladipo drove straight to the basket and picked up a foul from Al Horford. At the free throw line, Oladipo made both, bringing it to a two-point game with 29.2 on the clock.
Following the free throws, a Celtics miss led to the play of the game, a cold-blooded game-winner from Oladipo, who final make of the night proved to be the difference as Indiana downed the Celtics on Saturday night.
The Pacers opened the game on a 7-0 run, highlighted by a slam from Thaddeus Young. But the visiting Celtics had a quick answer, responding with 12 unanswered points. Indiana's offense was slow to find its footing in the first quarter, going just 6-of-20 from the field. With the Pacers struggling the generate points, the Celtics jumped ahead 28-18 after one quarter of action at The Fieldhouse.
As the second quarter got underway, Indiana's bench unit began to pick up the pace, using back-to-back scores from TJ Leaf and some buckets courtesy of Tyreke Evans to bring the score back to within striking distance.
Following a pair of free throws from Oladipo, the electric guard brought Bankers Life Fieldhouse to a roar after ripping a ball away on defense, then hitting the 3-pointer in transition as the Pacers made it a five-point game.
Victor doing work on both ends of the court. #BoomBaby pic.twitter.com/RhAKB3oXBf- Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) November 3, 2018
In the closing moments of the half, it was all Pacers as Darren Collison hit a three and Myles Turner canned a pair of jumpers to end the quarter on a 7-0 run, tying the game at 45.
With the third quarter underway, Boston continued its assault from long range, making two quick shots from downtown. But the Pacers continued to go to work, as Turner gave Indiana a lead by connecting on a mid-range jumper.
On the heels of an and-1 from Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young cleaned up the glass during the Pacers' next possession, tipping in a missed shot to put the Pacers ahead 63-57 - their largest lead of the night at that point in the game.
The Celtics, led by the hot hand of Marcus Morris, charged ahead with a 10-2 run, but Indiana closed the quarter on a good note at Tyreke Evans buried a three to tie things up at 72.
To begin the fourth, the Celtics connected on three shots from deep and a jumper from Gordon Hayward, going ahead 83-80. But the Pacers' bench unit connected to groove on offense; Sabonis scored a short jumper and Evans sent home a 3-pointer that lifted the crowd to its feet, as the Pacers clawed ahead by two.
After Boston managed to retake the lead, Oladipo continued his impressive stretch of clutch play, drilling a 3-pointer from the wing to put Indiana back ahead 92-91 with 3:03 remaining, setting up the close finish at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.