celtics 93, pistons 63

Celtics crush Pistons in summer league game

Kelly Olynyk, left, looked to past the ball around Detroit's Travis Peterson during a summer league game in Orlando, Fla.

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Kelly Olynyk, left, looked to past the ball around Detroit's Travis Peterson during a summer league game in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Behind 22 points from Darius Johnson-Odom and a strong defensive performance, the Celtics crushed the Detroit Pistons, 93-63, Monday at the Amway Center here, evening the Celtics’ summer league record at one win and one loss.

Celtics rookie 7-footer Kelly Olynyk finished with 13 points (5-9 shooting), 6 rebounds and 5 steals in 21 minutes. Phil Pressey also scored in double figures with 12 points. Johnson-Odom made 8 of 14 shots, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.


The Celtics opened the game on a 20-5 run and led 30-9 after the first quarter, leveling the Pistons in every facet of the game. At halftime, the Celtics led, 45-30, and rookie forward Kelly Olynyk, who was coming off a 25-point game Sunday, had 6 points on 3-of-7 shooting. Johnson-Odom led the Celtics with 9 points at intermission.

Boston led 70-43 entering the fourth quarter, and it wasn’t close after that.

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Olynyk again looked a bit more hesitant to shoot at times, and the Celtics’ coaching staff was urging him not to pass up open looks. The 7-footer who played at Gonzaga did earn a technical foul in the third for pushing away a player after a hard foul.

Fellow rookie 7-footer Colton Iverson had 3 points and 5 rebounds in limited minutes.

Also, Fab Melo, the Celtics’ second-year center out of Syracuse, took several charges, was dunked on several times, had at least one of his dunk attempts blocked quite fiercely by Pistons center Viacheslav Kravtsov, had a nice dunk near the end of the game and then later a nice hook shot.


Melo finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds.

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