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NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Boston

(Sunday, February 8th)

Final Score: San Antonio 105, Boston 99

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner scored 23 points apiece to help San Antonio send Boston to back-to-back home losses for the first time this season with a 105-99 triumph at TD Banknorth Garden.

Manu Ginobili had 19 points and Roger Mason nailed a clutch three-pointer in the waning moments, finishing with 11 points as the Southwest Division-leading Spurs moved to 2-1 on their eight-game road trip and have won nine of the last 11 overall.

San Antonio has won 13 of its last 15 games in Boston and improved to 16-8 as the visitor this season with road dates against the Nets, Raptors, Knicks, Pistons and Wizards still to play on the trek.

"It was a beautiful win for us against the NBA Champions, and on the road makes it sweeter," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.

Kevin Garnett led the way with 26 points and 12 rebounds for Boston, which saw the Lakers grab a road win at the Garden on Thursday to snap a 12-game win streak. Paul Pierce scored 19 and Ray Allen 18 in the setback as the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics fell at home for just the fourth time this season.

Rajon Rondo had a game-high 16 assists with five rebounds and six points in the loss.

"We shoot 50 percent in the basketball game with the way we play defense, we should win that game. And we didn't," Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said. "Home court's not going to win games for you. You have to actually play. I thought we had the right mindset; we wanted to play tonight. We just didn't play well."

San Antonio continued what was a back-and-forth affair by wiping out a two- point deficit with a 9-2 spurt to start the fourth, taking a five-point advantage, and a Fabricio Oberto putback midway through the frame had the lead at 87-83.

A three-point play by Duncan with just under four minutes to go answered a Garnett slam as the lead shrank to three and after a Ginobili miss from outside, Garnett gave Boston the lead, 93-90, with a pair of jumpers.

But Allen couldn't get a layup to fall on the Celtics' next trip and Bonner hit a jumper on the other end. Garnett couldn't get his jump shot to fall and Mason came back to escape Allen for a clean look, burying a three with 20.9 on the clock.

Allen then lost the handle trying to pull back an inbounds pass following a Boston timeout and Ginobili was able to grab the ball and draw a clear path foul, allowing the Spurs to retain possession. Ginobili was able to manufacture two trips to the line with the play and hit all four shots for a 99-93 affair with 19.2 to go and a Pierce air-ball on a three-point try essentially sealed the game on the ensuing possession as the Spurs finished off the game 6-for-7 at the stripe.

"It's a 48-minute game and in the NBA the game can change very quickly two point leads, ten point leads, they don't usually last that long because players are too good. It's a matter of being persistent and continuing to execute the best you can," said Popovich.

San Antonio scored the final six points of the opening 12 minutes to trail by only one, 23-22, but Allen scored nine of Boston's first 11 points early in the second for a five-point margin.

The Spurs, though, were able to take the lead a short time later as the teams played it close through the middle stages of the quarter. Following a Garnett jumper and layup by Pierce that tied the game at 49, a Mason bucket sparked an 11-3 run over the final 2:17 and San Antonio took a 60-52 advantage into the break.

The Celtics were able to erase their deficit right out of the gate with 12 straight points to start the third and a baseline jam by Kendrick Perkins followed by a Garnett bucket had the Celts up four.

The Spurs stuck with the defending champs and three-pointers by Bonner and then Ginobili were good for a two-point lead. Allen, though, sank a pair of jumpers just before the end of the frame and Boston took a 76-74 lead into the final stanza.

Game Notes

Boston swept the home-and-home series with San Antonio a year ago and had won three straight after losing the previous 18 meetings. The Spurs, however, are 25-4 in the past 29 matchups in this series between the past two NBA champions...The Spurs' Tony Parker had seven points and as many assists...Perkins had 10 points and seven rebounds for Boston while Tony Allen finished with 11 points...Rivers was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Saturday for his verbal abuse of officials following Thursday's 110-109 overtime loss to the Lakers.

02/08 21:23:44 ET

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