Pressey's Freebies Give Celtics Another Win
ORLANDO – Phil Pressey hit two free throws with 10.8 seconds left in regulation to give the Celtics a 76-74 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. The win is Boston’s second of the week at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Pressey gave the Celtics the win, but they wouldn’t have been in that situation had it not been for Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Nine of his points arrived in the fourth quarter, helping the Celtics to withstand a strong push from Indiana.
Olynyk was the star of the game, but he had company in the scoring column. Tony Mitchell also poured in 15 points on an array of shots. He threw down one thunderous slam, scored in the mid-range and also swished home a 3-pointer.
Boston’s top scorers didn’t come out of the gates hot, as the C’s scored just 15 points in the first quarter and trailed 20-15 heading into the second. It didn’t take long for them to find their stride in the second stanza, as a smooth jumper from Pressey took the lid off the bucket.
Pressey’s jumper sparked a 10-0 run by the Celtics that put them on top 25-22. Pressey and Olynyk each accounted for four points during the 10-0 run.
Boston led by double-digits for the majority of the third period before Indiana made another run. The Pacers finished the third quarter on a 10-4 run to make it a 60-54 game heading into the fourth quarter.
That’s when Olynyk did the bulk of his work. He scored nine of Boston’s 11 points from the 7:21 mark to the 2:15 mark of the fourth. That spurt gave the C’s a 74-65 lead.
The game seemed to be over at that point, but the Pacers wouldn’t cave in. They scored the game’s next nine points to tie the game up at 74-74 with 38.6 seconds remaining. Boston and Indiana failed to score on the next three possessions, culminating in a defensive rebound by Pressey. Shortly after his rebound, Chris Wright inexplicably fouled Pressey and sent him to the line for the game-winning free throws.
Pressey contributed 11 points, four rebounds and five assists off of the bench. Colton Iverson started at center and provided five points and four rebounds, while Fab Melo came off of the bench to block two shots.
The Celtics will be back in action at 3 p.m. on Wednesday when they take on the Houston Rockets.