LAS VEGAS – The Boston Celtics opened with an 11-0 run and never looked back in handing the Portland Trail Blazers a 70-64 defeat.
Boston’s Jayson Tatum turned in yet another strong performance for the Celtics (2-0), tallying 11 points and seven rebounds. Jabari Bird had a nice game off the Boston bench with nine points while starters Jaylen Brown and Semi Ojeleye had 13 and nine points, respectively.
The Blazers struggled mightily as a team shooting the ball although Caleb Swanigan led Portland with 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Former Celtic R.J. Hunter had eight points and four rebounds.
Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s six-point win on Sunday.
He is well-positioned to be in the conversation for the Las Vegas Summer League MVP. Tatum, who tallied double-doubles in three of Boston’s last four summer league games, had 11 points and seven rebounds on Sunday.
The 7-foot rookie had arguably his best summer league game to date, getting good mileage and production out of his physical brand of basketball. He finished with a near double-double of nine points and 11 rebounds with two steals and a blocked shot.
The burly big man showed off some nice footwork around the basket that was key to him scoring a team-high 12 points to go with seven rebounds.
He did a lot of nice things at both ends of the floor for Boston before finishing with nine points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field.
Boston’s defense combined with Portland’s ineffective led to a horrible night shooting the ball for the Blazers as the Celtics limited them to just 29.7 percent shooting from the field.