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Celtics coast past Jazz



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Press ReleaseORLANDO -- It was the kind of performance Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and head coach Doc Rivers would expect from the Boston Celtics' pool of young talent.

Highlighted by exceptional team chemistry and hustle, the Celtics stormed past the Utah Jazz, 87-56, on Monday at the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League.

Lester Hudson, the 58th selection in the 2009 NBA Draft who is the only player in NCAA history to register a quadruple-double, posted 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.

"I just want to play hard on both ends of the floor," Hudson said. "I just go out there and stop my man from scoring."

Other standout performers included Gabe Pruitt and Bill Walker, who each earned some minutes this past season for the C's. Pruitt and Walker combined for 25 points.

Although they couldn't establish an effective rhythm throughout, the Jazz did feature some of their rising stars. Eric Maynor, for example, who was Utah's first-round choice last month, collected nine points and four assists in his professional debut.

Maynor became known during his college days at VCU when he buried a game-winning shot against Duke in the NCAA Tournament in 2007. He is expected to serve as a vital backup to Deron Williams in Utah.

College teammates Derrick Brown and Josh Duncan, who together helped Xavier accomplish many extraordinary feats, combined for 21 points for the Jazz.

Boston will clash with the Orlando Magic on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET, while Utah and New Jersey/Philadelphia will meet at 5 p.m. ET. E-mail this story

(Courtesy 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League)

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