ORLANDO, Fla. — The Celtics' attempts to rally from a double-digit deficit came up short as the Indiana Pacers held on for a 95-86 victory in the No. 3 vs 4 game at the Orlando Summer League.
First-round pick Marcus Smart continued a solid week of basketball, scoring 20 points to go with five rebounds.
"Marcus reinforced a lot of things that we were hoping for when we drafted him," said Jay Larranaga, the Celtics' summer league head coach. "He's a tremendous competitor and a tremendous teammate. He's really skilled in all areas."
The Celtics also got a nice lift from seldom-used O.D. Anosike, who had a double-double off the bench with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
"We tried to get guys minutes," Larranaga said. "To OD's credit. He was always ready, whether he got a two-minute spurt or five minutes or 10 minutes. He's a great rebounder. He's been a great rebounder his whole career and continues to be that. It was nice he got a few minutes more time."
Indiana was led by Donald Sloan's 20 points and 10 assists.
After trailing by as many as 12, Boston cut Indiana's lead to just 71-68 going into the fourth quarter.