LAS VEGAS — After going all summer without a loss, the Celtics fell 100-67 to the Kings in tonight’s Las Vegas Summer League championship game. Boston’s absence on offense and a large number of turnovers contributed to their 33-point defeat.
Both teams went into tonight with a clean record, their point differentials allowing them to overcome the Timberwolves and Pelicans, who also finished regular play 4-0. Boston was in high spirits going into the game with the return of their star of the summer, Payton Pritchard, returning to the lineup for the final after an announcement that he would miss the rest of the games due to a prior engagement.
Despite an early start in the first, Boston was unable to hold on to the lead, trailing by eight at halftime. The Kings used their strong defense to advance throughout the game, and the C’s fell into it, finishing with 28 turnovers.
Struggling on offense, the Celtics’ top scorers of the LVSL, Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard, had only 12 and six points, respectively. Carsen Edwards, another key player in their offense, put up 15, but it was not enough to close in on Sacramento’s lead.
The Kings were led by small forward Louis King, who capped off the night with 21 points, 3 rebounds, and a 0.50 three-pointer percentage at 4-for-8. He was also supported by Jahmi’us Ramsey (16 points) and Matt Coleman III (14 points).
Despite a disappointing end to a great Summer League season, Boston fans have a lot to look forward to this upcoming season with potential stars being added to the roster.
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