Celtics Dominate Magic, Finish Week at 3-2
ORLANDO – The Boston Celtics used a barrage of outside shooting Friday afternoon to pull away from the Orlando Magic and cruise to a 102-83 victory. Boston finished the week with a 3-2 record, landing them a seventh-place finish in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
The Celtics were on fire in the first half, scoring 61 points over the first 20 minutes of the game. They scored at least 29 points in each of the first two quarters to take a 61-36 lead into halftime. Boston hit 57.1 percent of its field goals and 58.3 percent of its 3-pointers in the first half.
Lawrence Hill was the top performer in the first half, as he dropped in 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. He hit three of his five 3-point attempts in the half. Kelly Olynyk and Omar Reed also chipped in 10 points apiece in the first half while Boston left Orlando in the dust.
The third quarter was more of the same for both teams. While the Celtics continued to pour it on, Orlando continued to struggle.
Boston pulled ahead by as many as 29 points early in the third after a quick 7-0 run. That spurt was highlighted by a nice and-one hook shot by Fab Melo, who finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds in less than 18 minutes of action.
As much of a blowout as this game was, Orlando made things a bit interesting during the final period. The Magic scored six consecutive points in a span of just 48 seconds to cut Boston’s lead down to 81-69 with 7:47 remaining in the game. The Celtics, however, responded by scoring 14 of the game’s next 18 points. That spurt put them on top 95-74 with 4:00 left on the clock.
A well-rounded effort in the fourth quarter allowed the C’s to cruise to the finish line. Seven of Boston’s players scored in the final frame, led by six points from Tim Abromaitis. Courtney Fells and Tony Mitchell each put exclamation points on the win with thunderous slams midway through the fourth.
Seven Celtics scored in double-figures. Mitchell led the team with 14 points, while Olynyk and Iverson each poured in 12. Phil Pressey was the only Boston starter who failed to score at least 10 points, but he more than made up with that with his game-high 10 assists.
Boston finished the week in seventh place with a 3-2 record. Olynyk finished the week with averages of 18.0 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game and will get strong consideration for the All-Tournament team.