Balanced Offense Helps Sixers Cruise Past Celtics, 86-69

The Philadelphia 76ers’ balanced attack trumped the Boston Celtics’ one-man show this afternoon as they improved their record to 2-0 in the Orlando Pro Summer League, with an 86-69 victory. The Celtics jumped out to an early 15-3 lead, but faltered quickly after that as Philadelphia got its act together at both ends of the floor. Second overall draft pick Evan Turner showed he needs a lot of polish, but also showed promise, with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Third-year power forward Marreese Speights sleepwalked through the game on offense and again struggled from the field, shooting only 5-of-12, yet showed a commitment to rebounding (a team-high 11) and, yes, even passing in today’s game. A lob dunk he converted with an assist from Jrue Holiday late in the game seemed to stir him a bit. He used his touches more purposefully and aggressively after that point. He finished with 12 points.

Boston once again struggled to find offense. Second-round draft pick Luke Harangody, who starred for the Celtics yesterday, continued his solid work today even though his outside touch appeared to leave him. He needed only 16 first-half minutes to tally 9 points and 9 boards, leading all players in both categories. He finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. His activity and effort are to be commended. A scout near me agrees, praising Harangody’s “professional” approach.

Jaycee Carroll was another Celtics bright spot. He made 6 of his 10 shots and tied Harangody for the team lead in scoring, with 14 points.

Philadelphia’s Cedric Simmons made a strong case for an invitation to camp. The 24-year-old journeyman power forward added 10 points and 7 rebounds and also earned compliments from team officials in attendance.

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