Celtics fall to Pacers in summer league finale

The Celtics' Mike Moser looks to pass around Indiana’s Kevin Jones during Friday’s game.

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The Celtics' Mike Moser looks to pass around Indiana’s Kevin Jones during Friday’s game.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Celtics once again found the Indiana Pacers to be a difficult foe, losing their final Orlando summer league finale to the Pacers 95-86 on Friday in the third-place game at Amway Center.

The Celtics (3-2) clawed back to trail 80-79 with five minutes left before the Pacers (4-1) sealed it with a 13-2 run.


Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 20 points, but on 6-for-18 shooting. He did drain four of his nine 3-point attempts.

The Celtics once again found it difficult to make shots, finishing with 36.8 percent shooting, including point guard Phil Pressey, who followed up his 1-for-15 performance Thursday with a 4-for-13 outing in the loss.

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Both of the Celtics’ losses came at the hands of the Pacers, who lost their first summer league game and then ran off four straight wins. Donald Sloan, a reserve on the Pacers this past season, led Indiana with 20 points and 10 assists while former Orlando Magic player DeQuan Jones added 19.

Celtics non-roster center O.D. Anosike scored 13 points off the bench with 10 rebounds while Mike Moser made one last impression for a training camp invitation with 16 points. He averaged 13.6 points during the five summer league games.

Smart, the Celtics’ first-round pick, finished 20-for-68 from the field (29.4 percent) in the five games, averaging 14.8 points.

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