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Celtics 76, Magic 67

Marcus Smart leads Celtics to summer league win

Marcus Smart produced his best basketball of the summer league in the second half, scoring 13 points after the break.

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Marcus Smart produced his best basketball of the summer league in the second half, scoring 13 points after the break.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Marcus Smart produced his best basketball of the summer league in the second half, scoring 13 points after the break as the Celtics used clutch shooting down the stretch to beat the Orlando Magic, 76-67, at the Amway Center.

Smart, who was 10 for 43 from the field entering the second half, made 4 of 7 shots, including a picturesque spinning layup that gave the Celtics a 70-65 lead with 1:11 left.

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The Celtics’ sixth overall pick finished with a game-high 19 points on 5-for-14 shooting with 5 assists and 3 rebounds.

Chris Johnson and Mike Moser each added 12 points as the Celtics improved to 3-1 in summer league play. It was a difficult day for Phil Pressey, who finished 1 for 15 from the field and scored just 5 points in 21 minutes.

The Celtics went on an 11-4 run to begin the fourth quarter and never trailed again. Smart looked comfortable offensively for the first time this week, draining a pair of 3-pointers during the surge.

The Celtics allowed Orlando to go on a 14-5 run to begin the second period and were chasing the rest of the quarter. The Celtics trailed just 32-29 at halftime shooting just 25.7 percent from the field (9 f0r 35), including a combined 3 for 19 from Smart, Pressey, and Chris Babb.

Moser, who has been the most impressive non-roster player of the week for the Celtics, led the Green with 8 points at halftime, and 2013 second-round pick Colton Iverson added 6. Seth Curry, the brother of Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry, led Orlando with 15 points.

Aaron Gordon, who was a Celtics’ draft target before the Magic selected him fourth overall, finished with 7 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes.

Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GwashburnGlobe.
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