The Celtics allowed a season high 12 3-pointers to the San Antonio Spurs (19-6), resulting in a 15 point loss. Boston now falls to 12-11 on the year, following two consecutive losses in the state of Texas.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 22 points, while Tiago Splitter chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds. San Antonio put on a clinic for ball movement. They racked up 28 assists on their 38 made shots. Six players had at least three assists for the Spurs.
Rebounding was a concern going into the game, but the Celtics held their own on the glass. Each team ended up with 38 rebounds. Despite being a rookie, Jared Sullinger led the Celtics with seven rebounds. Tim Duncan grabbed 12 rebounds but struggled offensively, only making two shots.
The largest discrepancy in the game came at the free-throw line. Boston was called for eight more fouls than San Antonio, who also attempted 12 more free throws. Doc Rivers was visibly upset on the sideline by the lack of calls in his team’s favor. He may have had some validity. The Spurs were not called for their first foul until 28 seconds into the second quarter.
Jason Terry was again assigned to the bench for the second consective game. He scored 18 points, and appeared comfortable in the role of sixth man. That should not be a surprise as Terry won the 2009 Sixth Man of the Year Award. Paul Pierce also scored 18 points to lead the Celtics in scoring along with Terry.
Courtney Lee, Terry’s replacement in the starting lineup, was solid with 11 points and 5 rebounds. He did miss several timely shots late in the game that would have put a Celtics’ comeback within reach though.
While the Spurs came out victorious, it may have come at a costly price. Manu Ginobili suffered a quad contusion in the second quarter after colliding with Chris Wilcox. He would never return to the game, finishing with just three points.
The Celtics trailed by only three points at halftime, before being outscored by 12 in the second-half. The Celtics have now lost their last four road games. Boston will look to snap that streak when they head to Chicago to take on the Bulls this Tuesday.
They will then return home to play Cleveland the next day.