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Pacers' Carlisle stands by decision to not use timeout before late turnover

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Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't regret not calling a timeout moments before Andrew Nembhard's crucial turnover late in the 114-111 Game 3 comeback win for the Boston Celtics.

"With eight or nine seconds left, and you're in transition after a miss ... I trust our players to be able to create better shots than calling timeout and having them set their defense," Carlisle told reporters postgame, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. "It's more of a play basketball-type situation, and we've done well this year trusting our players."

Nembhard corralled the rebound off a missed shot from Jayson Tatum and accelerated upcourt with less than 10 seconds remaining.

Celtics veteran Jrue Holiday was with Nembhard every step of the way and managed to poke the ball loose when the Pacers guard attempted to drive into the paint.

Holiday was then fouled in transition and made both free throws to put the Celtics up three points with just over a second to spare.

Indiana had one last chance to send the contest into OT, but Aaron Nesmith's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.

Holiday, a three-time NBA All-Defensive first-team selection, says he anticipated Nembhard's decision based on the latter's tendencies throughout Game 3.

"He's a right-hand driver .... and he'd been very, very aggressive all night," Holiday said.

Boston can end the East finals and advance to its second NBA Finals in three years with a Game 4 victory Monday evening.

No NBA team has ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

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