San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
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Read through the live blog below for game happenings and other interesting tidbits!
Check out the final box scores for all game details.
San Antonio took it to the Celtics on Wednesday night, most noticeably in the paint and on the glass. In fact, without Brandon Bass' last-minute tip-in, Boston would have failed to record an offensive rebound for the first time in franchise history.
Thiago Splitter led all bench scorers with 23 big points, as the big bodies of the Spurs manhandled the Celtics down low.
Tim Duncan got the better of Kevin Garnett in another rendition of their storied rivalry, scoring 20 and adding 15 rebounds of his own.
Boston's defense looks far from where it needs to be, especially considering that Oklahoma City is coming to visit on Friday.
Rajon Rondo extended his double-digit assist count to 36 impressive games, but his heroic 22 points and 15 assists were not enough to help Boston win at home.
A late foul call on Garnett sends Splitter to the line for points 20 and 21.
With barely above a minute remaining, Boston seems down and out of this one.
SA 108, BOS 98; 1:35 remaining
Duncan answers with a contested bucket of his own over an extended Kevin Garnett, sucking some air out of the arena.
2:47 to play, will the Spurs hang on?
Finally a defensive stop for the C's. Trailing by ten with four minutes to play, Boston's full slate of starters has returned to the floor.
A long two and contested bucket from Rondo has the TD Garden crowd on its feet. That makes 22 points and 15 rebounds thus far for the Celtics' star guard.
Here come the Celtics!
SA 104, BOS 98; 3:15 to play in the fourth
The starters have retaken the floor for the Celtics as Doc doesn't seem ready to throw in the towel just yet.
While it's important for the C's to manage the regular season minutes of their aging veterans, it's nice to see them dig in at the end of game.
Thiago Spliiter adds his seventeenth points to give the Spurs 100 points, and Parker tacks on a bucket to extend the lead.
SA 102, BOS 88; 5:30 to play
Wait, did Hubie Brown just tell me that the Celtics still have not corralled an offensive rebound? San Antonio has collected 35 boards to Boston's measly 19.
Yet, Rondo has started attacking and completes a three-point play. The Celtics, trailing by 11, still cannot keep San Antonio out of the paint.
SA 98, BOS 87; 6:30 to play
Good to see Brian Scalabrine returning home, only this time he is calling the game from the press booth!
Rondo notches another assist, but the Celtics are stuck in a hole down by 12. The defense simply has not shown up for Boston tonight.
SA 94, BOS 82; 8:00 to play in regulation
Tim Duncan is watching proudly from the sidelines, resting comfortably with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The Celtics can afford no such rest; the energy unit is out on the floor. Boston's lineup is currently featuring Jeff Green, Jason Terry, Leandro Barbosa, Courtney Lee and Kevin Garnett.
Safe to say the C's are missing Avery Bradley tonight?
Coach Rivers calls timeout with ten minutes to play in the game. His team trails the Spurs by a game-high 13 points at this juncture.
Rondo's assist benchmark is about the only positive thing going for Boston at this point, as they threaten to lose again at home.
The final stretch of this game, unlike the rest, will be determined by defense. It's been a scoring bonanza; if anything is to change between now and the end of the fourth, Boston is going to majorly need to turn up the pressure.
Both teams are among the league's top five in fourth quarter scoring, with the Spurs atop the list.
Jared Sullinger is the only Celtics player with more than three rebounds through three quarters.
Time for the final quarter of play!
As quickly as the Celtics were back in it, the Spurs close out the third quarter with a bang to retake control.
Boston continues to fight an uphill battle on the glass, and the Spurs ball movement looks as smooth as ever.
Doc Rivers has to be worried that Celtics have given up so many points through three quarters of play.
SA 82, BOS 74 after three quarters.
Both coaches have employed their reserves to close out the third quarter.
Thiago Splitter finds Danny Green for three on one end, while Jeff Green fails to convert a three-point play on the other.
SA 78, BOS 74; 2:00 remaining in the third quarter
A pretty move from Tim Duncan gives him an opportunity for a three point play. Oh, and that's four fouls on Chris Wilcox in five minutes of play.
After a Celtics spurt got Boston back in the game, the Spurs have regained control.
SA 71, BOS 64; 5:00 to go in the third quarter
Where's the defense? Apparently Doc Rivers was wondering the same thing.
SA 66, BOS 62; 6:13 to play in the third quarter
Update: Rondo has done it! Five assists in the first four minutes of the third quarter gives the young Celtics guard 35 consecutive games with over ten.
He also just gave the C's back the lead with a jumper of his own.
BOS 62, SA 60; 7:30 to play in the third
The Celtics have a different look about them here in the third, as they are now tied once more on 5-7 shooting.
BOS 58, SA 58; 8:30 remaining in the third quarter
As if they heard me, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce knock in a pair of jumpers to elevate Rondo's assist total to nine. It looks as if his streak will continue! Rajon with four assists early in the third quarter.
Here's a montage of Rondo assists for your viewing pleasure.
Brandon Bass misses an open look to start the second half. Celtics offensive players are going to have to convert those if Rondo's assist streak will stay alive tonight.
Here's what happened in the first half of play between the Spurs and Celtics:
San Antonio pounded the Celtics on the boards and in the paint, led by Tim Duncan's nine boards.
Rondo is halfway to another game with double-digit assists, but it will matter little if the Celtics cannot get defensive stops. He is currently being outshined by Tony Parker, whose game-high 15 points are a major reason the Spurs hold an advantage at the break.
Joining the starting lineup, Jason Terry turned in a quality first half. The veteran shooting guard paced all Celtics scorers with 12 over the game's first two quarters.
Pierce has not been as involved as he should be considering the absence of Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson. He'll need to get it going in the second half if the C's hope to overcome their eight-point deficit.
The Spurs are out to their biggest lead of the night—six points—behind 12 points and four assists from Tony Parker.
On the other end, Brandon Bass draws a foul on Tim Duncan to get the Celtics to the line.
SA 52, BOS 48; 1:10 remaining in the second quarter
Another side note, Darko Milicic is no longer a part of the Celtics.
The big-bodied center has returned home to his ailing mother in Serbia and doesn't appear to coming back anytime soon.
With four minutes remaining in the first half, Jason Terry bails out Rondo and drained a long two as the shot clock expires. That makes 12 for the Jet and five dimes for Rajon.
An alarming note for the Celtics as the first half draws near the end: the team has yet to notch an offensive rebound and are getting absolutely demolished in scoring in the paint.
Sullinger and Green sit down for the Celtics as both teams get their best lineups on the floor for the final stretch of the first half.
The Celtics' rookie power forward contributed five rebounds in his first stint on the floor.
Spurs 44, Celtics 42; 4:00 remaining in the second quarter
Jeff Green wastes a Spurs turnover on a charging foul by trying and failing to hit a turnaround jumper over Boris Diaw.
Celtics fans have to be happy to see Jared Sullinger stepping in the lane to draw a charge.
Tim Duncan is now back in the game following a drawn foul by Brandon Bass.
SA 40, BOS 38; 6:00 to play in the first half
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