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Celtics win opener in Las Vegas Summer League

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  July 16, 2012 08:45 PM

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LAS VEGAS -- Five Celtics scored in double figures, including Jared Sullinger and Kris Joseph with 14 points, and Boston improved to 5-1 in the summer with an 87-69 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Cox Pavilion on Monday afternoon. The Celtics fell behind 11-5 before a 44-20 run to end the half to take control.

Jamar Smith (Southern Indiana) and Jonathon Gibson (New Mexico State) combined for 21 points off the bench as the Celtics looked sharp in the second and third quarters after two days off.

Fab Melo finished with 7 points and five rebounds.

"I thought today was the best first half he's played the whole summer league," coach Tyronn Lue said. "He's getting better and better. He took a charge, blocked a couple of shots. I thought he was in the right spot a lot in the first half."

Those looking for JaJuan Johnson to show those skills that encouraged the Celtics to take him in the first round are still waiting. He finished with 6 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes, going 1-for-4 from the field. Celtics summer league coach Tyronn Lue has pushed Johnson to be more aggressive, especially in such an important stretch for his career, but he is fifth on the team in shot attempts.

So far in six summer games, Johnson is 19-for-44 shooting, 14 of 24 from the free throw line with 34 rebounds. He is averaging 8.6 points.

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