In a game where a lot of people would not have bet against the San Antonio Spurs, it always seemed to be a bit out of reach for the Boston Celtics, even on home court. From the second minute of the first quarter, the Spurs were well and truly on top creating a lead that wouldn’t be closed down and overturned for the rest of the game.
The Spurs held off a late rally from the Celtics to claim their second win of the NBA season 95-87. The stage was set for the San Antonio Spurs, although the third game of the new roster did not hit the heights of the Championship finals earlier this year. However, it did have all the entertainment needed to draw in the audiences from around the world.
The Spurs started with Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Danny Green and Tony Parker for the match up and they all put in exceptional performances to claim the road win. Aldridge top scored with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Avery Bradley scored for the Celtics with 18 points. The Spurs defended well throughout the game to combat the efforts of the Celtics three shining stars last night in Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas and Bradley.
San Antonio’s biggest lead of the game was 15 points. For almost the whole of the third quarter, the lead stayed around double digits. The Celtics struggled to get the lead smaller than a two possession game as the Spurs were in cruise control.
The win was the Spurs’ eighth straight over the Celtics who came back in the final quarter but to no prevail. They reduced the deficit to four points on three separate occasions but could not get any closer than that. The Spurs play the New York Knicks tomorrow while the Boston Celtics travel to Indiana to face the Pacers.