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Spurs 112, Celtics 100: Boston drops second-consecutive game

Tim Duncan outmatched Kevin Garnett with 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Boston Celtics fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 112-100, on Wednesday from the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

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Spurs 112, Celtics 100: Boston falls to .500

Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 15 assists, but the Boston Celtics fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 112-100, on Wednesday night from the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

Boston and San Antonio traded baskets throughout the majority of the third quarter, but despite the Celtics' competitiveness, the Spurs only bolstered their lead into the fourth frame. San Antonio notched 18 of their 26 points in the paint, outscoring Boston by three in the third and leading 79-74 at the end of three.

Forward Tim Duncan had 10 points in the third, dominating the paint and using his veteran post moves to work younger guys, such as Brandon Bass.

Boston ended San Antonio's 9-0 run early in the fourth, but the Spurs continued pouring it on, taking a 14-point lead early in the quarter. Thanks to a quick 8-2 run, in which Rondo scored six points in just over a minute, Boston chipped the lead down to nine.

The Spurs would take a brief 14-point lead again, before Rondo and Garnett pushed the Celtics within six with just over three minutes to go in the contest. Boston failed to execute down the stretch though, turning the ball over once and fouling the opposition twice, leading to free points at the other end.

Tony Parker and Duncan combined for 46 of San Antonio's 112 points. As a team, the Spurs shot 58 percent from the field and had 58 points scored in the paint.

Rondo and Paul Pierce combined for 41 of Boston's 100 points on the night. The Celtics shot 53 percent from the field and only 37 percent from three.

Boston was out rebounded 41-25 and the Celtics, as a team, didn't record an offensive rebound until the final two minutes of the game.

Rondo's 15 assists gave him 10 or more assists in 35-straight games.

Boston will have an opportunity to climb back over .500 Friday, when the Oklahoma City Thunder travels to the TD Garden in Boston, MA. to match up with the Celtics.


Final - 11.21.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
San Antonio Spurs 30 26 26 30 112
Boston Celtics 27 21 26 26 100

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Spurs 56, Celtics 48: Boston trails at the half

Rajon Rondo had five assists and four points as the Boston Celtics trail the San Antonio Spurs, 56-48, at halftime on Wednesday night from the TD Garden in Boston, MA.

After being throttled by the lowly Detroit Pistons Sunday night, the Celtics had some time to think about the awful loss suffered just three days ago.

Boston evidently had enough time to ponder, coming out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter.

Rondo was in attack mode, getting to the rim at ease, dishing the ball on the fast break and most importantly, getting to the free throw line. Boston spread the ball around and found the open man consistently over the first half of the first frame, but became unglued toward the end of one.

Three-consecutive turnovers allowed the Spurs to take a 30-27 lead heading into the second quarter. It also didn't help that veteran forward Tim Duncan notched seven points and seven boards in the first quarter.

Without Rondo and Pierce on the floor to start the second, the Celtics slowed the pace and set into more in the half court, locking down on defense and moving the ball efficiently around the perimeter on offense. San Antonio started to pull away in the second, only for the Celtics to continue fighting back.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 15 points and four assists. Jason Terry had 12 points and Paul Pierce notched 11 points to lead the Celtics.

San Antonio had 56 points in the half, but scored 26 in the paint, thriving with their interior size over Boston.

Rondo had five assists in the half as he attempts to maintain his streak of 34-straight games with 10 or more assists.




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Celtics vs. Spurs: Boston hosts San Antonio

Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics (6-5) will square off against the ageless Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs (8-3) on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

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