LAS VEGAS — It was a busy day for sports fans in Boston, and the Celtics made sure to cap it off on a high note. Sam Hauser, previous Virginia forward, led the C’s with 21 points in 26 minutes of gameplay as they beat Orlando 108-71.
In Hauser’s transition from the NCAA to the NBA, he has tallied 29 points while averaging roughly 20 minutes on the court per game. Despite a slow start in the first couple of games, the three-point specialist was 6-for-10 in threes this evening, proving he is becoming a crucial part of Boston’s offense in Vegas.
Behind Hauser were Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard, scoring 18 and 17, respectively. Nesmith has totaled 62 baskets so far, with ten of them being from beyond the arc, while Pritchard is just a basket behind with 61. However, Pritchard leads Nesmith and the rest of the Celtics’ Summer League roster with 15 threes.
Another notable stat from tonight’s game is the impact of Dedric Lawson’s minutes, who scored 11 in just around eight minutes of play. Nine of the Memphis alumni’s points were a result of his clean three-point record, going 3-for-3.
On the other end of the court was Magic guard Tahjere McCall, who topped their roster’s points with 12. McCall also matched Lawson in threes made and attempted, but Boston’s defense was strong enough to hold their scorers to 71 and finish with a 37 point lead.
The C’s have improved to 3-0 in the Las Vegas Summer League with just one game left before heading into the tournament’s playoffs. Boston takes on the Sixers on Saturday at 5 pm ET, hoping to remain undefeated in Sin City.
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