Summer League Recap: Pacers 95, Celtics 86
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By Josh Cohen
July 11, 2014
ORLANDO -- While they technically are not considered the champions of the 2014 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, the Indiana Pacers deserve to be recognized as perhaps the most impressive club from the competition.
The Pacers finished with a 4-1 record, which will be tied for the best mark of the week regardless of who prevails in the official title game (between Philadelphia and Memphis). All week, they were precise and extremely efficient.
They completed their summer training on Friday with a 95-86 victory over the Boston Celtics. All five starters scored in double figures, including Donald Sloan who registered 20 points and 10 assists. DeQuan Jones contributed with 18 points, Frank Gaines scored 14 and Kevin Jones and Willie Reed each had 10.
“We really did well passing the ball and playing as a team,” K. Jones said. “They trusted me on the floor and put me in good positions. I just wanted to play within the team.”
Indiana came up with seven blocked shots, including three from Reed and two from D. Jones.
Marcus Smart enjoyed his best performance of the week for the Celtics. He recorded 20 points, five rebounds and three assists and didn’t commit a turnover.
“I’m comfortable,” Smart said. “I can’t wait to play (in October). I’m very giddy about playing with some competition.”
Kelly Olynyk fired off 19 points and six rebounds, while Mike Moser had a splendid game with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Phil Pressey dished out 13 assists and added 12 points. O.D. Anosike also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.