Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Recap: Celtics 101, Heat 69

The Boston Celtics concluded the first leg of the Las Vegas Summer League with an undefeated 3-0 record.
On Tuesday they beat the Miami Heat (1-2) with a 101-69 victory.
Jonathan Holmes continued his Summer League surge. He entered the game averaging 15.0 points in Las Vegas and scored nine in the first quarter alone to give the Celtics an early 22-16 lead. Holmes, who went undrafted out of the University of Texas, finished with 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3PG, 2-2 FT).
The Celtics scored 12 points in the paint in the first quarter. Although the Heat shot comparatively and outrebounded the Celtics, they committed five turnovers.
In the second quarter the Celtics outscored the Heat to take a 48-37 lead at halftime. The team got out and ran, scoring 11 fast break points in the first half. Celtics second round draft pick (45th overall) Marcus Thornton scored 12 points in seven minutes. For the Heat, undrafted forward Greg Whittington finished the half with 13 points.
The Heat tried to chip away at their deficit in the third quarter. They outscored the Celtics, 18-17, to get within 10 points. Josh Richardson, the Heat's second round pick (40th overall) scored seven points for the Heat during this stretch.
In the fourth quarter the Celtics led by more than 20 points to pull away. Marcus Thornton finished the game's high scorer with 21 points (5-8 FG, 2-2 FT, 9-9 FT). R.J. Hunter (13 points) and C.J. Fair (12 points) also scored in double digits. Whittington led the Heat with 18 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3PG, 3-3 FT) and 8 rebounds in the loss. Richardson finished with 11 points.
It was a quiet game for the high draft picks. Heat lottery pick Justise Winslow played just 10 minutes, posting five points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3PG, 2-2 FT) and grabbing three rebounds. Celtics first round pick Terry Rozier scored 7 points with 7 assists. He and last year's sixth overall pick Marcus Smart (0-3 3PG) combined for 4-for-21 from the field.
Chris Bosh watched the game from the stands with head coach Erik Spoelstra. Hassan Whiteside took in the game from the bench.
Jonas Jerebko was also in attendance. He-signed with the Celtics during free agency.

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