Pressey free throws win summer-league contest for Boston

Detroit’s Kim English (24) drives the baseline past Oklahoma City’s Grant Jerrett during an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.

Detroit’s Kim English (24) drives the baseline past Oklahoma City’s Grant Jerrett during an NBA summer league basketball game Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. Photo by The Associated Press.

It was Phil Pressey’s time to shine.

The former Missouri Tiger point guard hit a pair of free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining Tuesday to lift the Boston Celtics to a 76-74 victory against the Indiana Pacers in NBA summer league action in Orlando, Fla.

“I was like, ‘It’s either you miss or you make it,’” Pressey said in a story on the team’s website. “You can’t put too much pressure on yourself and just go through your usual routine that you’ve been working on since you were a little kid. So I didn’t feel any pressure at all.”

Pressey, who is trying to earn a spot with the Celtics as an undrafted free agent, played 23 minutes off the bench Tuesday. He finished with 11 points, including a 4-of-4 performance at the free-throw line, while leading the team with five assists and three steals to go along with two turnovers.

“Phil, one of his greatest strengths is his mental toughness, his confidence in himself,” Cetics’ summer league head coach Jay Larranaga said. “I think from a team standpoint, to have a point guard who has that confidence, you can put the ball in his hands at the end of the game and know he’s going to make free throws. That was big.”

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Also on Tuesday, Kim English finished with eight points for the Detroit Pistons in their 79-75 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The former Missouri Tiger played 28 minutes as the starting shooting guard, finishing 3-of-8 from the field before fouling out.

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