C's Crush Pistons, Notch First Summer Win
ORLANDO – An impressive defensive performance led the Boston Celtics to a 93-63 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday, giving the team its first victory of the week at the Orlando Pro Summer League. The 30-point margin of victory ties for the fifth-largest in the history of the league.
Boston limited Detroit to just 16.7 percent shooting in the first quarter and 27.7 percent overall in the game. The Celtics victory featured a game-high 22 points from Darius Johnson-Odom and 13 points and six boards from Kelly Olynyk.
While showcasing elite defense in the first quarter, the Celtics jumped out to a double-digit lead that they never relinquished. They were on top by as many as 23 points in the first quarter and led by double-digits for the remainder of the contest. Their largest lead of the game was 32 points.
While Boston began the game by dominating at one end, Kelly Olynyk continued his hot shooting at the other end. He scored a game-high six points in the first quarter on 3-of-5 shooting. His fellow draftee, Colton Iverson, also provided a spark in the initial frame by scoring three points and grabbing three rebounds off of the bench.
Detroit’s energy picked up significantly in the second quarter and that resulted in 10 minutes of much more competitive play. The Pistons opened up the second on a 5-0 run and crept back to within 11 points midway through the period after Khris Middleton put home a fast break layup. Boston, however, responded quickly and took a 45-30 lead into halftime.
The third quarter is one the Pistons would love to forget. Any hope they had of making this a game was washed away over the final half of the frame.
Boston led 54-43 when Tim Abromaitis nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing at the 4:01 mark. That shot was the first of a long stretch of play that would leave Detroit knocked out of contention. Olynyk scored the next seven points and the Celtics wound up finishing the quarter on a 16-0 run. That spurt put them on top 70-43 heading into the final quarter.
The C’s continued to pour it on in the fourth, led by seven points from Johnson-Odom. Odom’s backcourt partner, Phil Pressey, also played well in the fourth and the game with 12 points and a game-high four assists.
Boston’s record is now even at 1-1 and it will return to the floor at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning against the Indiana Pacers.