Fazekas leads C's in finale
ORLANDO -- Nick Fazekas seemed unfazed after missing some key shots late in Thursday's loss. He was smooth around the basket, soft on his jumper and battle-tested in the paint on Friday.
The former Nevada standout erupted for 22 points and nine rebounds, a day after misfiring on critical free throws and a 3-pointer right before the buzzer, as the Boston Celtics cruised past the Nets/Sixers, 92-79, in the finale for both squads at the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League.
"I really believe if I get the time, I can be put in the right situations and really benefit an NBA team," said Fazekas, the 34th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft who previously played for the Mavericks and Clippers.
Fazekas, nonetheless, wasn't the only one to prosper for the C's. Just as he has the last few days, Chris Lofton played effectively once again with 10 points. Kevin Rogers contributed 14 points, while Gabe Pruitt had 13.
Boston, which concluded summer league play at 2-3, shot 54 percent from the floor and nailed 17-of-22 from the free throw line. The C's controlled the pace in a pivotal third quarter when they outscored their opponent by 10.
The Nets/Sixers (0-5) struggled from the foul line, hitting on only 11-of-20 attempts. It was an unusual experience for them as players from division rivals united.
76ers first-round selection Jrue Holiday, nevertheless, was happy with his progress this week.
"I think I grew as a point guard," said the former UCLA standout, who generally played the off-guard position in college due to the presence of Darren Collison.