Final Score: San Antonio 104, Boston 92
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Duncan scored 23 of his 25 points in the
second half, Marco Belinelli flirted with a triple-double and the San Antonio
Spurs downed the Boston Celtics, 104-92, at TD Garden.
"Had a tough first half, but, in the second half, he was a monster. He led the
way for us," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said about Duncan.
Belinelli finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in the
Southwest Division leaders' fourth win in six games on their nine-game road
Boris Diaw and Patty Mills contributed 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the
Boston had won four of five coming into the last game before the All-Star
break for both teams and had six players score in double figures, but it still
wasn't enough. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 16 points.
"I thought our bench was better than our starters in the first half, but (the
Spurs) put a lot of pressure on you," said Boston head coach Brad Stevens.
There were a dozen lead changes in the contest, all through the first three
quarters. The last came when Duncan buried a turnaround jumper midway through
the frame to put the Spurs on top 57-56, and the Spurs pulled away in the
Kris Humphries opened the fourth-quarter scoring to bring Boston within 71-68,
but a bucket by Diaw and a three-point play by Mills upped the margin back to
An 11-0 run sealed it, as Belinelli's 3-pointer provided a 96-79 cushion with
Humphries and Kelly Olynyk had 15 points each off Boston's bench, while fellow
reserve Jerryd Bayless chipped in with 11 points and nine assists ... San
Antonio swept the season series for the second straight year.
02/13 02:58:03 ET
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