LAS VEGAS — Sunday night’s summer league game between the 76ers and the Celtics was lacking some of its star power, as Celtics guard Marcus Smart and 76ers first-round pick Jahlil Okafor sat out to rest.
Before the game, Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry told his team about games in which the Heat have defeated Boston despite Dwyane Wade not playing. In the NBA, Shrewsberry explained, there is no time to let up.
And the Celtics did not, as they responded with an 85-76 victory over the 76ers. First-round pick Terry Rozier led all scorers with 22 points and R.J. Hunter added 21.
“[Hunter and Rozier] really stepped up to the challenge,” Shrewsberry said.
Second-round draft pick Jordan Mickey had 16 points and 11 rebounds and undrafted free agent Jonathan Holmes continued his strong play here, tallying 15 points and 10 rebounds.
“Jordan’s been great, after the first couple of games, really hitting guys and going to get the ball,” Shrewsberry said. “Jon Holmes is really physical and then our guys come in and get rebounds.”
The Celtics (2-0) were also without forward James Young, who missed his second straight game with a hip pointer. The Celtics face the Miami Heat on Tuesday.