NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Boston
(Friday, November 11th)
Final Score: San Antonio 103, Boston 82
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan poured in a game-high 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, as San Antonio blew out Boston, 103-82, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Tony Parker ended with 23 points, six boards and six assists while Bruce Bowen had 12 points for the Spurs, who have won three straight games and improved to 5-1 this season.
San Antonio also beat the Celtics for the 16th straight time, with the Spurs' last loss coming on January 8, 1997.
"We want to win games every year and we have been lucky enough to do it," said Duncan. "It's not something that we plan on coming in. We plan on coming in and winning the game, of course, but the streak is a streak and not because we specifically plan on (keeping it going)."
Paul Pierce scored 20 points and hauled in 10 rebounds for Boston, which has dropped three of its past four contests. Al Jefferson contributed 12 points in the setback.
The Celtics are now 1-22 in the past 23 meetings with the Spurs, which includes eight-straight setbacks in Boston.
"Somebody asked me before the game if this was a measuring stick," said Boston head coach Doc Rivers. "If it is, then there's your answer. I didn't think it was (a measuring stick) before the game to be honest. You know, we played like crap. I thought it's rare when our team hasn't been competitive, and I thought we were not at times. I thought this was the first game where our offense dictated how we were going to play defense."
San Antonio wasted no time asserting its dominance as it jumped out to a 20-6 lead just over seven minutes into the game. Duncan had 10 points and Parker added six during the huge spurt, which was aided by a 3-of-13 start by the Celtics. The Spurs led by 16 points later in the period and held a 26-13 edge after one.
However, Boston came roaring back in the second quarter. Down 31-18, the Celtics used a 15-4 run and pulled within two points courtesy of Pierce's jumper midway through the period. Boston did tie the game moments later, but the home team eventually trailed 47-44 at halftime.
Duncan scored 19 first-half points while Pierce led the Celtics with 12 in the opening 24 minutes.
In the third quarter, San Antonio started fast and this time did not let the game get close. The Spurs opened the stanza on a 16-3 spurt, keyed by eight from Manu Ginobili and a pair of threes by Bowen, to claim a 63-47 advantage. San Antonio continued to pour it on as Parker's free throw moments later widened the gap to 20 points. The Spurs eventually led 81-69 after three.
The Spurs held a 34-15 edge in the third period and cruised to the lopsided win in the fourth quarter.
San Antonio shot a blistering 56 percent from the floor (40-of-71) and went 17-of-22 from the foul line (77 percent). The Celtics made 44 percent of their attempts (35-of-79), but connected on only 8-of-15 free throws (53 percent)...Ginobili scored 11...Duncan was 11-of-17 from the floor while Parker ended 10-of-16. Duncan also made all six attempts from the foul line...The Spurs are 11-1 in their last 12 trips to Boston.
11/12 00:42:46 ET