ORLANDO, Fla. – The Celtics scored 40 points in the first 15 minutes, 12 seconds of their summer league game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday at Anway Center.
Then their offense became a series of putrid shots and poor ball movement, and their defense collapsed in reaction.
The Pacers went on a stirring 65-21 run and raced away from the Celtics 96-77, dropping Boston to 1-1 with the next game Wednesday against Detroit.
The Celtics were ghastly offensively after the early stages of the second quarter and actually watched an 18-point lead turn into a 26-point deficit. Marcus Smart continued his offensive struggles, going 3-for-15 from the field with 11 points while Kelly Olynyk finished with 15 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Boston shot 34.3 percent overall from the field.
Willie Reed, a center who played at St. Louis University, led Indiana with 18 points and took advantage of the Celtics’ interior weakness by scoring at will in stretches. Kevin Jones added 17 points for the Pacers.