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Boston remains undefeated while Miami appears to be reeling

Without second-year guard Payton Pritchard (prior engagement), the Boston Celtics became the first team to knock off the Philadelphia 76ers this summer.

Behind complete team play, the Celtics knocked off the Sixers, 100-80, from Cox Pavilion.

Guard Carsen Edwards scored nine points in the first quarter helping Boston build a lead as large as nine.

The lead grew to 13 in the second quarter with the Celtics taking a nine-point lead into halftime.

The lead would continue to increase in the second half and it would reach 25 by the end of the third quarter.

Second-year forward Romeo Langford shook the building again with another poster, this time over two Philadelphia defenders.

Before the end of the game, the lead would balloon to 27. The Sixers’ largest lead was three.

Forward Zach Auguste led the way with 18 points off-the-bench, on 7-of-9 shooting including making both of his three-point attempts.

Edwards finished with 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Philadelphia was led in scoring by guard Isaiah Joe, who poured in 17 points.

Strus, Yurtseven can’t keep Heat from losing second straight

Strong performances from guard Max Strus and center Omer Yurtseven weren't enough to help Miami avoid a second straight loss.

The Heat lost, 94-90, to the Atlanta Hawks, dropping to 2-2 during the Las Vegas summer league in a game that contained eight lead changes and three ties.

Neither team built a lead larger than nine.

Atlanta led by two the first quarter and by a point at halftime.

However, Miami went up one heading into the fourth quarter.

A 9-0 run by the Hawks changed the game as the team went up two points with 30 seconds left in regulation.

That run was followed by an offensive foul call on Strus as he drove the lane looking for a layup. Miami got another unfavorable call when Yurtseven was called for a moving screen with the Hawks up four with 12.7 seconds left.

Strus and Yurtseven accounted for 50% percent of the Heat’s offense, scoring 45 of the team’s 90 points on a combined 17-for-35 from the field.

Atlanta rookie Jalen Johnson posted the most points he has since high school scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting including going 3-for-6 from three-point range.

He also pulled in seven rebounds.

With rookie Sharife Cooper in street clothes, guard Skylar Mays had a game-high 26 points, going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line including the two free throws that iced the game with 9.5 seconds remaining.

Pistons handle Lakers in front of LeBron, Westbrook without Cunningham

All-stars LeBron James and Russell Westbrook made their first appearance in Las Vegas this summer, only to watch their Los Angeles Lakers lose.

The Detroit Pistons defeated the Lakers, 103-86, from the Thomas & Mack Center to wrap up day seven of the Las Vegas NBA Summer League. The win came with guards Killian Hayes, Cade Cunningham and forward Sekou Doumbouya sitting out.

It was a quick start to the game for the Pistons, as they raced out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter.

However, a 17-5 Laker run to start the second quarter helped tie the game at 34 apiece.

Even with the comeback effort for Los Angeles, Detroit would extend the lead to 15 points in the third quarter, their largest of the game to that point.

The lead grew as large as 17 before the final buzzer.

Guard Saben Lee filled in nicely without Hayes and Cunningham, leading the team in scoring with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting including going 2-for-4 from three-point range.

As a team, the Pistons made 14 three-pointers with all five starters scoring in double figures.

The Lakers were led by guard Jordan Floyd, who scored 16 points in 15 minutes off-the-bench.


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