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Celtics 85, Spurs 71

Marcus Smart leads Celtics in Utah Summer League finale

Marcus Smart (36) had the ball on his fingertips in the Celtics’ victory over the Spurs in the finale of the Utah Summer League.
Marcus Smart (36) had the ball on his fingertips in the Celtics’ victory over the Spurs in the finale of the Utah Summer League. Rick Bowmer/Asscoiated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — After starting with two ugly losses, the Celtics closed out the Utah Jazz Summer League with an 85-71 win over the Spurs on Thursday night.

Marcus Smart led Boston with 22 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. First-round draft pick R.J. Hunter, who had missed all eight of his field-goal attempts over the first two games here, made all four of his 3-pointers and finished with 18 points.

“I just needed to see [the ball] go through one time,” Hunter said, “just one good time.”

The team’s other first-round pick, Terry Rozier, added 16 points and seven assists. The Celtics were just 9 for 54 on 3-pointers during their two losses, but they were 12 of 20 from long range on Thursday.

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Forward James Young, who struggled with his shooting throughout this three-game event, was 0 for 4 in the first half before leaving the game with a bruised hip. Guard Phil Pressey did not play.

The Celtics will travel to Las Vegas on Friday to compete in a 24-team summer league.


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