SAN ANTONIO – DeMar DeRozan scored 21 factors, Keldon Johnson had 18 factors and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Boston Celtics 110-106 on Wednesday night time.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 factors, Dejounte Murray had 11 factors and 11 rebounds and San Antonio gained its second straight dwelling recreation.
“It simply reveals what we’re able to as a group,” Johnson mentioned.
The Celtics’ projected beginning 5 of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Sensible and Daniel Theis performed collectively for the primary time this season. Tatum had 25 factors, Brown added 24, and Sensible and Walker had 14 apiece.
Their balanced output was not sufficient as Boston had its two-game profitable streak finish.
“It’s been an fascinating season,” Brown mentioned. “We’ve had guys out, guys damage. We’re simply attempting to place every part collectively. Tonight wasn’t our greatest night time.”
The Spurs have defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and now the Celtics, however have struggled with permitting huge leads early and likewise with making a gift of leads late. Each occurred Wednesday in opposition to the Celtics.
“We held on,” DeRozan mentioned. “They made a run. We weren’t scared by it.”
After DeRozan hit a pair of free throws to present the Spurs a 103-101 lead, Theis’ dunk tied the sport with 40 seconds remaining. After San Antonio regained the lead on DeRozan’s eight-foot jumper, Murray had a breakaway dunk off a steal to present the Spurs a 107-103 lead.
“Large-time gamers make big-time performs,” Johnson mentioned. “DeRozan made a clutch shot and DJ made a clutch play and dunk.”
The Spurs rallied after giving up a double-digit lead within the second half.
San Antonio made 14 of its final 15 photographs within the first half throughout a 29-6 run. Lonnie Walker IV had 9 factors within the run and closed with 14 factors.
A pair of 3-pointers by Aldridge tied the sport and gave the Spurs their first lead at 46-43 for the reason that opening seconds of the sport.
Three days after setting a season excessive for factors within the third quarter in opposition to Cleveland, Boston got here inside 4 factors of matching the mark in outscoring San Antonio 37-21 to open the second half. Tatum and Brown mixed for 22 factors within the quarter.
“The zone sort of threw us out of our rhythm,” DeRozan mentioned.
San Antonio had a season-high 20 turnovers, together with 5 throughout Boston’s 13-1 run to shut the third.
“It hasn’t been our drawback this 12 months, however tonight it was,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich mentioned.
Celtics: Boston performed its second recreation in opposition to the West and first since beating Memphis 126-107 on Dec. 30. … Boston is 5-3 when utilizing a beginning lineup of Tatum, Brown, Sensible, Theis and Tristan Thompson. … Boston is 0-3 this season when it trails coming into the second half.
Spurs: Popovich mentioned beginning guard Derrick White will return this weekend after lacking 13 straight video games. White fractured his left second toe in his season debut after sitting out the preseason and the group’s first 4 video games following surgical procedure on the identical toe for a special harm. “He had contact once more in the present day. We’re simply being conservative, I suppose,” Popovich mentioned. “He most likely might go on the market tonight. He desires to go on the market tonight. We opted to attend till the weekend. You’ll see him this weekend.” … Aldridge joined Dallas Mavericks ahead Dirk Nowitzki as the one gamers in league historical past with 19,000 factors, 8,000 rebounds, 1,000 blocks and 200 3-pointers.
Celtics: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.
Spurs: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
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