Celtics’ Jrue Holiday Makes History With Outstanding Game 2 Performance

Celtics’ Jrue Holiday makes history with standout performance in Game 2, originally broadcast on NBC Sports Boston

Jrue Holiday gave his best performance as a Boston Celtics player in Game 1 of the 2024 Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers, and the veteran guard followed that up with another stellar outing in Game 2 on Thursday night.

He also made some history.

According to StatMuse, Holiday became the first NBA player since 1990 to have 10 or more assists and shoot 80 percent or better from the field in a conference finals game.

Holiday scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting (3-of-4 from 3-point range), along with 10 assists and three rebounds in 37 minutes. The Celtics ultimately pulled out a 126-110 victory to take a 2-0 lead over the Pacers.

Holiday scored 28 points with seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Celtics’ thrilling overtime victory in Game 1. He also played stellar defense against Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton in the series opener. He now has 43 points in his last two games with a true shooting percentage of 86.8 percent. Only Eddie House (2009) and Ray Allen (2011) have achieved those goals in two playoff games for Boston, according to Taylor Snow of Celtics.com.

Jaylen Brown has been the Celtics’ best player in the series thus far, and he’s probably the leading candidate for series MVP, but Holiday’s contributions also played a huge role in Boston’s success against the ‘Indiana so far.

He has a huge impact on both ends of the court as a scorer, playmaker and containment defender.

Game 3 of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET in Indiana. NBC Sports Boston coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with Celtics pregame live.

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