Hansbrough, Pacers stay unbeaten
ORLANDO -- Chris Lofton has overcome many obstacles both on and off the court throughout his young life.
In addition to his basketball accomplishments, Loften, a former Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky, conquered testicular cancer following his college career at Tennessee.
And now, despite his smaller stature, Lofton is proving he deserves to play with the big boys.
The 2007 SEC Player of the Year erupted for 21 points despite the Boston Celtics falling to the undefeated Indiana Pacers, 91-88, on Thursday at the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League.
Lofton shot 6-for-8 from 3-point range and added two assists and two rebounds.
"He looked like Eddie (House) out there," coach Mike Longabardi said. "He was on fire."
Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough, meanwhile for the Pacers, each had monster performances again as the two combined for 50 points and 14 rebounds.
The two interior forces each hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to seal Indiana's fourth straight win.
With seven seconds left and Boston down one, Nick Fazekas, who racked up 14 points, missed two free throws and then misfired on a potential game-tying 3-pointer right before the buzzer.
Trey Johnson contributed 13 points for the Pacers, while Bill Walker scored 12 for the Celtics.
Indiana will look to go unbeaten when it finishes up summer competition against Orlando at 3 p.m. ET, while Boston will precede against NJ/Philadelphia at 1 p.m.