Orlando Summer League: Pacers top Celtics 96-77 behind Willie Reed's performance

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Willie Reed had 18 points to lead the Pacers for their first victory of Orlando Summer League. Kevin Jones scored 17 as Indiana downs Boston.

Things went a little better for the Indiana Pacers in their second game of the Orlando Summer League. That is, forgetting the 18-point hole they put themselves in during the first quarter when Boston took a commanding 30-12 lead before Jake Odum ended the first quarter with his lone two points on the afternoon. In the second quarter, the Pacers were led by Willie Reed, who made a strong Orlando Summer League MVP push as the Pacers ran off a 25-3 run behind Reed to jump ahead by eight.

Indiana continued their second quarter play into the third quarter, pushing their lead all the way up to 26 by the late stages of the third quarter. When Indiana was up 77-51, it marked a 44-point turnaround with the Pacers outscoring Boston 65-27 in the middle two quarters. The Celtics were able to close the game with a fourth quarter victory, but Indiana came away with the 96-77 victory, securing five points in the standings.

Willie Reed was a huge push for the Pacers, taking over the game in the second quarter to not only bring Indiana back offensively, but was a playmaker in other areas with assists, blocks, and rebounds helping to lift the Pacers back into the game. Reed finished with 18 points on 8-12 shooting, six rebounds, four blocks, and three assists. In the second quarter, Reed scored or assisted on 13 of Indiana's 19 points from the floor in the quarter.

Reed played exceptionally well, but Indiana's big rotation was very active around the basket, topping Boston by nine in the rebounding battle, with Kevin Jones scoring 17 points himself with seven rebounds, five on the offensive glass. He and Reed were both +25 on the night to lead Indiana. James Nunnally and Arinze Onuaku also provided a lift for the Pacers in their interior domination of the Celtics.

Nunnally had six points and seven boards with Onuaku pitching in eight rebounds of his own, including four on the offensive end. Indiana's big rotation make quick work of Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson, with Olynyk struggling for 15 points on 5-13 shooting with six boards. Five Pacers reached double figures, including 10 from Frank Gaines and 14 from Donald Sloan.

Sadiel Rojas made his debut with the Pacers, scoring 11 points off the bench on a perfect 3-3 from the floor. Rojas was active and took some pretty tough hits coming up with nine trips to the line and five boards. He was just 5-9 from the line, but the Oklahoma Wesleyan product was visible throughout the game.

Boston's top draft pick Marcus Smart was less than impressive in his second straight Summer League game, scoring 11 the hard way on 3-15 shooting, picking up three early fouls, but was one of three Celtics to lead the team with four assists. Smart is 5-21 from the floor in his first two games, averaging 10.5 points per game.

The Pacers pick up five points today by winning the game (3 points) and winning two of the four quarters (2 points). Indiana will have tomorrow off before taking the court at 3 p.m. ET against the Oklahoma City Thunder on NBA TV.

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