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Alton Clark of NBA Playbook is covering the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League on behalf of Magic Basketball. This is Alton’s roundup of Day 5.
Celtics 94, Magic 73
- Being that this was the final day at the Orlando Pro Summer League, most of the teams rest the players that they have made a decision on and use this day to evaluate guys they might be on the fence about with regards to inviting them camp or extending a contract offer. With that said, there are still a few guys who took advantage of the opportunity to play more then they have throughout the week.
- The Celtics’ Dionte Christmas had one of the best all-around games of anyone here this week. Christmas did everything for Boston today, as they gave the Orlando Magic their worst defeat this week with a 94-73 victory. Christmas shot the ball well, scoring a game-high 21 points (7-for-14 from the floor, 3-for-7 from three-point range, and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line). Christmas also added 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals to his stat-line. The second unit of the Magic had no answer for Christmas on either ends of the floor, as he raised a lot of eyebrows from opposing NBA scouts who witnessed his performance today. If Christmas can carry this momentum with him next week in Las Vegas, he could play his way into an NBA job.
Thunder 89, Jazz 75
Pistons 71, Sixers 67
- Devin Searcy of the Sixers has been rock solid all week, doing the little things that help good teams become great. Searcy had another solid game today with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The 6-foot-10 power forward from Dayton was coached well in his collegiate years and it shows with how he hasn’t ventured out from his role the entire week. Searcy does a good job of running from rim-to-rim in the open floor, establishing solid post position deep in the paint, and making contact on ball screens. With the Sixers signing Kwame Brown today to a 2-year, $6 million contract, the chances of Searcy making the roster are even more slim than they were before. With his height and traditional style of play, Searcy could work his way onto a Euroleague roster.
Nets 90, Pacers 77
- MarShon Brooks has taken himself, coaches, executives, and fans on a rollercoaster ride this entire week. After shooting 0-for-10 from the floor in his first game this week, Brooks waited until the final game in Orlando to have the highest scoring output of any player here. Brooks tied an Orlando Pro Summer League record, scoring 34 points on 13-for-27 shooting. Much can be said about Brooks’ shot selection and his ability to play within an offense, but he made sure that everyone knew that his ability to score in bunches was not all hype.