Thursday's Celtics' Summer League contest against the Knicks didn't leave room for many surprises.
It was the usual suspects - Boston's second-year players - leading the way to an 82-75 win as the C's advanced in the playoff opener of the tournament in Las Vegas, led by 21 points from Semi Ojeleye. Guerschon Yabusele netted 10 of his own while Jabari Bird contributed 13 points with 10 rebounds. Celtics first-round draft pick Robert Williams, who hasn't played since he left his Summer debut with a knee injury last week, again sat out.
The C's jumped out to a 27-16 lead, and despite a 25-point surge from the Knicks in the fourth, in which a 15-point lead was cut to four, Boston had established enough of a lead to hold on.
Boston outscored the Knicks in each quarter and led throughout, holding as much as a 21-point advantage following a 14-point run. The Celts' shot 42.7 percent from the field and forced 12 Knicks turnovers.
Knicks' top draft pick Kevin Knox, the No. 9 overall pick out of Kentucky, shot just 5-for-20 from the field and finished with 15 points,
The Celtics improved to 3-1 in Vegas and advanced to face the Miami Heat on Saturday. A victory then would move them to the quarterfinals. The Summer League championship is Tuesday.
The Maine Red Claws were in action at home at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night hosting the Delaware Blue Coats, taking a 128-123 loss to fall to 7-4 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Tacko Fall wasn’t in action, but Bryce Brown was simply furious, leading all scorers with 43 points 15 of 17 from the floor overall and a franchise single-game record 11 of 11 three-pointers. Tremont Waters was terrific, too, with 18 points and 11 assists.
Brown, an undrafted free agent who helped lead Auburn to its first Final Four appearance last spring, was simply unconscious for the Claws. He shot a perfect 11 of 11 from three-point range to give him an absurd effective field goal percentage of 1.2 for the game.
Waters, the Connecticut native, was crafty in his distribution, with just four turnovers to go with his 11 assists.
Yante Maten (18 points), Vincent Poirier (18) and Justin Bibbs (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Claws.
The Red Claws return to action Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to face the Iowa Wolves, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.
Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.
Anytime is a good time to watch highlights of the greatness that was Larry Bird playing for the Celtics.
But on Larry Legend's 63rd birthday? It's time to break out the best of No. 33...
The fight with Dr. J in 1984:
The 60-point game against the Hawks in '85:
The steal against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons in '87:
The "you are watching was greatness is all about" duel with Dominique Wilkins in '88:
CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST CELTICS TALK PODCAST (LISTEN BELOW):
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Tommy & Mike have the call at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.