The Celtics kicked off their Las Vegas Summer League schedule on a high note, beating the Portland Trail Blazers, 85-76.
Marcus Smart continues to dominate offensively for the Celtics this summer. Smart was sinking in three-pointers early on, he went 4-for-4 for 12 points in the first quarter and finished the game with 19. Jordan Mickey, who started the game at power forward, put together his first double-double of the summer. Mickey scored 15 points, snagged 10 rebounds and had 3 blocks.
Undrafted forward Jonathan Holmes also had 15 points last night. In his best game of the summer so far, Holmes also collected 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
In a game where five Celtics players scored in double-digits, the Celtics attacked Portland with a fast-tempo offense. Although Portland shot 41 percent from the field (Celtics shot 35 percent), the Celtics were more efficient with the ball. The C's only committed 11 turnovers.
The Blazers, led by former Maine Red Claws point guard Tim Frazier, nearly had a triple-double but committed five of the team's 20 turnovers. Frazier compiled 11 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
In the final two minutes, the Trail Blazers threatened the Celtics with a 7-0 run. Portland cut the Celtics lead down to just 3 points. Celtics guard Terry Rozier helped seal the win by scoring a crucial jump-shot with just 32 seconds left which gave the C's a five-point lead. Rozier finished the game with 7 points.
The Celtics continue their Las Vegas schedule on Sunday night when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers.