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Las Vegas Summer League | Celtics 108, Magic 71

Sam Hauser erupts for 21 points to lead the Celtics in a summer league rout of the Magic

Payton Pritchard embraced his role as the Celtics' floor leader in Thursday night's 108-71 summer league victory over the Magic, with 17 points and 9 assists.Ethan Miller/Getty

LAS VEGAS — The Celtics came to the Las Vegas summer league with a roster filled with players with NBA experience, and so far it has shown.

Boston’s dominant week continued on Thursday with a commanding 108-71 win over the Magic. The Celtics improved to 3-0 and have put themselves in good position to play in next week’s title game. This season, instead of a regular playoff bracket, the two teams with the best records after four games will play for the championship.

The Celtics have just Saturday’s matchup against the 76ers remaining, and the first championship tiebreaker will be point differential. Through three games, the Celtics have outscored their opponents by a total of 64 points.


Coach Joe Mazzulla said after the game he was unaware of that tiebreaker system and that he had not paid attention to the standings. He just knows that his team is undefeated.

“We focus more on just the three areas on offense and defense that we work on daily,” Mazzulla said. “Our guys have done a great job of just only worrying about those six things.”

Two-way contract player Sam Hauser made 6 of 9 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the Celtics. Aaron Nesmith scored 18 points and Payton Pritchard added 17 points and 9 assists.

Boston made 54.7 percent of its shots and 43.2 percent of its 3-pointers, and it registered assists on 33 of 41 baskets.

“I think it all starts with the players,” Mazzulla said. “They are doing a great job of just being unselfish and making the right play. That’s kind of what we talked about, and nothing could be accomplished unless they buy into that.”

Guard Carsen Edwards suffered an ear laceration and did not play in the second half. Wing Romeo Langford sat out the game to rest.


Mazzulla said he was unsure whether Nesmith and Pritchard would play in both of the remaining games.

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