The Boston Celtics kicked off 2016 Summer League action with a 102-94 win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday evening in Utah, hyped as a match up between #1 overall pick Ben Simmons and #3 overall pick Jaylen Brown.
While Brown didn't notch any field goals until the 4th quarter (he shot 2-7 from the floor), he demonstrated an ability to drive to the basket and get to the free throw line (11-17 on free throw attempts), scoring 16 points in his debut.
Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsbury had this to say about Brown's efforts:
"He was pressing just a little bit, He wants to play so well. He’s a guy that wants to please and do so well. This was a hyped-up matchup. Jaylen can do some things, and he can fly a little bit."
Teammate Terry Rozier also had some kind words for Brown:
Terry Rozier, with a big grin on his face, says of Jaylen Brown, "He was drawing oohs and ahhs. He impressed me, too."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 5, 2016
Rozier, whose extra year of experience made him look like a man among boys, was the C's leading scorer with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists -- including the ferocious transition dunk in the video below with 18 seconds left in the game. RJ Hunter was not far behind, with 17 points and 5 rebounds.
Terry Rozier Dunk:
Terry Rozier puts an exclamation point on a 102-94 W over the Sixers! Rozier: 18 pts, 6 rebs, 5 asts. pic.twitter.com/jIm45ePOM7— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 5, 2016
Two other Celtics players scored in double digits off the bench: Malcom Miller (14 points) and Ben Bentil (11 points).
Boston shot 50% from behind the 3 point arc (11-22), with Hunter sinking 3 of 6, Rozier hitting 2 of 4, and James Young shooting 100% on 2 for 2.
Additional highlights and box score below.
Jaylen Brown defends Ben Simmons:
No. 1 pick vs. No. 3 pick.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 5, 2016
No. 3 pick wins👍 pic.twitter.com/qlQL0YCyjD
Marcus Thornton off the glass:
Hesitate... and go! Marcus Thornton puts one home to give the Celtics a 65-61 lead. pic.twitter.com/riM7yVuZ4I— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 5, 2016
Ben Bentil Dunk:
Ben💪Bentil💪 pic.twitter.com/PvYl4QuwPy— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 4, 2016
James Young 3:
James Young comes out 🔥 and has already drilled two treys versus the Sixers. pic.twitter.com/rh9kkv3hXa— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 4, 2016
Jaylen Brown Debut/Interview:
|BOSTON CELTICS (1-0)|
|J. Mickey||DNP - COACH'S DECISION|
|J. Pinkston||DNP - COACH'S DECISION|
|C. Walden||DNP - COACH'S DECISION|
|M. Yarou||DNP - COACH'S DECISION|
|44.3%||50.0%||74.4%||TEAM REBS: 14||TOTAL TO: 14|
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