The Boston Celtics went to 6 and 6 as they were soundly beaten by the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. It was expected that the Celts would have a tough time with the high-flying Spurs and they did. On a positive note, Rajon Rondon moved one game closer to tying John Stockton’s mark of 37 straight games with 10 or more assists. He could tie Stockton by next week. If he does, his next goal will be to tie Magic Johnson’s mark of 46. That’s the NBA record.
The Celtics were behind at the end of the first quarter 30-27 and were further behind by the end of the half 56-48. The third quarter offered that same differential of 8 points, as each team was good for 26. The fourth saw the Spurs best the Green by 4, making the final score a 12-point gap as San Antonio won 112-100.
The Celtics were outclassed in just about every category. The Spurs hit 58.4% from the floor and the Celts 53.2%. San Antonio was stellar from downtown, hitting 8 of 16, while Boston sunk just 3 of 8. Once again, as has been the case in their other games, the Celtics were out rebounded on the offensive boards, as the Spurs grabbed 6 and Boston just 1.
Scoring and Rondo
Despite the loss, Rondo had another fine game, leading Boston with 22 points and 15 assists. All of the Boston starters hit double digits in scoring. But Boston, despite having a solid defense, could not stop the Spurs’ Tony Parker (26 points), Tim Duncan (20 points) and Tiago Splitter (23 points).
Celtics Lose 2 Straight
This is the second straight loss for Boston, as they were beaten by the Detroit Pistons earlier in week. They now sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, three games behind the first place New York Knicks (8-2). Next up for the Celtics—the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder come to Boston on Friday having won three straight and in first place in the Northwest Division. They are also the top team in the Western Conference.
The Celtics are a team always ready to fight and claw for a win. Last night, Garnett versus Duncan was fun to watch; Paul Pierce continues to be one of the toughest competitors in the league and Rondo has really come in to his own and is a pure joy to watch. It may be an uphill battle for this team but they WILL battle and you can’t ask for anything more.