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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:


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:



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:

Marcus Thornton off the glass:


Ben Bentil Dunk:


James Young 3:



Jaylen Brown Debut/Interview:



Box Score:

BOSTON CELTICS (1-0)

POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
J. Young F 23:30 3-8 2-2 0-0 -7 1 5 6 1 3 1 0 0 2 8
J. Brown F 28:13 2-7 1-3 11-17 +5 2 4 6 2 4 0 2 2 1 16
G. Yabusele C 22:06 1-5 0-0 3-3 -4 3 3 6 0 6 1 1 0 0 5
R. Hunter G 25:32 5-12 3-6 4-5 +1 0 5 5 0 7 1 1 1 1 17
T. Rozier G 26:59 6-13 2-4 4-6 +10 1 5 6 5 1 1 3 0 1 18
A. Nader 07:30 1-3 1-1 0-0 +4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
B. Bentil 17:30 3-6 1-3 4-4 +10 2 4 6 1 6 0 1 0 0 11
M. Miller 24:08 6-8 1-3 1-2 +20 2 2 4 0 3 1 1 0 0 14
M. Thornton 09:25 1-3 0-0 0-0 +8 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 2
D. Jackson 15:06 3-5 0-0 2-2 -7 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 8
J. Mickey DNP - COACH'S DECISION
J. Pinkston DNP - COACH'S DECISION
C. Walden DNP - COACH'S DECISION
M. Yarou DNP - COACH'S DECISION
Total 200 31-70 11-22 29-39 11 29 40 12 32 5 12 3 6 102
44.3% 50.0% 74.4% TEAM REBS: 14 TOTAL TO: 14


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Danielle Hobeika 7/05/2016 12:05:00 AM Edit
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