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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Celtics thump Bobcats


ORLANDO -- For the third straight game, Boston built a big first-quarter lead on Wednesday. But unlike the last two contests, the Celtics figured out how to sustain it and cruise to a victory.

Matt Janning led with 20 points and DeShawn Sims scored 18 as the Celtics earned their first win of the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League with a 92-71 triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Boston, which led by 21 against Oklahoma City on Monday and 12 against Philadelphia on Tuesday before losing both games, shot a blistering 54 percent from the field and went 7-of-16 from 3-point range.

Janning, who flourished during his years at Northeastern becoming the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history, shot 8-of-15 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. He helped orchestrate a very efficient offense and demonstrated his ability to consistently nail fadeaway jumpers.

"I'm deceptive," Janning said about his versatility. "I could play point guard, the two or the three."

"After a game like this, I want this trip to keep going," he laughingly added.

Derrick Brown paced the Bobcats with 12 points, while Jeremy Pargo scored 10. Charlotte shot just 38 percent from the field and went just 2-of-17 from beyond the arc.

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