Boston Crushes Sixers, Finish with Perfect Summer League Record
The Boston Celtics shot nearly 45% from three in a dominant win over the Philadelphia 76ers in their fourth Summer League game, 100-80.
Five different Celtics scored in double digits, led by Zach Auguste with eighteen. Auguste finished with a plus-21 plus-minus off the bench and went 7-of-9 from the field.
Carson Edwards played a great game on both sides of the ball, finishing with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and a game-high 7 assists. Both Edwards and Auguste knocked down a pair of threes each. Edwards also picked up 2 steals and 2 blocks as well.
The Sixers were never really in the game in the second half and struggled mightily to shoot the ball. No 6er starter shot at or above 50 percent from the field in the game.
Without Tyrese Maxey, the Sixers struggled not only to shoot but to generate offense. Without their starting point guard, the Sixers were out-assisted by 8 by the Celtics. Only three Sixers recorded more than 1 assist, only one more than two.
The team’s shooting, especially from outside, struggled accordingly. The team shot 35-23-65 splits from the field. The Celtics shot more than 10% and 11% better from the field and three respectively.
One of the Sixers’ bright spots was their second-round pick from last year, Isaiah Joe. Though Joe shot 5-of-15 from the field, 13 of those shots and all 5 of his makes were from outside. He made 5 of the Sixers’ 7 total made threes. Joe completed a solid all-around game with 6 boards and 4 assists.
Paul Reed, another second-round pick by the Sixers from last year, put together a nice game despite the loss as well. He shot 5-of-11 from the field and finished with a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double. A block, a steal, and a pair of assists also helped Reed stuff his stat sheet.
From just about the very beginning, the Celtics had control of the game. Every bucket or attempted run from the Sixers was quickly answered with one from the Celtics.
They shot better from the field and three. They had more defensive and total rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks, as well as fewer turnovers.
Bruno Fernando, though he took just 5 shots, made 3, finishing 1 point shy of a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Romeo Langford and Aaron Nesmith each chipped in with 13 points for the Celtics. Nesmith added 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist as well as a block. Langford knocked down a pair of triples.
The Sixers will play their fourth and final game of the Summer League at 7 p.m. against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Celtics have played all 4 of their guaranteed games. The two highest-ranked teams will face off in a fifth and final game, though there are currently 5 total undefeated teams in the league. The Timberwolves, who the Sixers have and chance to knock off and the Celtics are 2 of them.