The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 87-69, in Las Vegas Summer League play at Cox Pavilion on Monday. The game was the first for Boston in Las Vegas after they also played Summer League games in Orlando.
The Celtics had control of the game by halftime and took a 49-31 lead into the break. Atlanta played better in the second half and had the lead down to 10 in the fourth quarter before the Celtics pushed away once again and wound up with an easy victory.
Five Celtics scored in double figures. Jared Sullinger and Kris Joseph led the team with 14 points apiece. Sullinger also had seven rebounds, which led the team. Fab Melo had seven points, five rebounds and an assist in 18 minutes off the bench. Atlanta's scoring lead of 12 was shared by Mike Scott and John Jenkins.
Boston (1-0) will play their next game on July 17 against the Chicago Bulls (0-0).
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