November 22, 2012

San Antonio stops Celts

Rajon Rondo extends his double-figure assist streak but Tony Parker scores 26 for the Spurs.

The Associated Press

BOSTON - Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 112-100 on Wednesday night.

Tiago Splitter, Jared Sullinger
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Tiago Splitter, who scored 23 points Wednesday night for San Antonio, drives against Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics during the first half of the Spurs’ 112-100 victory. Boston has lost three of its last four games.

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Reserve Tiago Splitter added a season-high 23 points, many coming when the Spurs took charge late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.

Rajon Rondo had 22 points and extended his consecutive streak of double-digit assist games to 35 with 15. Paul Pierce, who sprained his ankle in a 20-point loss at Detroit on Sunday, had 19 points.

DeJuan Blair chipped in with 12 points for the Spurs (9-3), but it was Parker winning the battle of elite point guards against Rondo that carried San Antonio.

Brandon Bass scored 16 and Kevin Garnett 14 for Boston (6-6), which managed just one offensive rebound and lost for the third time in four games.

The Spurs closed the third quarter with a 6-0 run, with Splitter getting a pair of baskets, to take an 82-74 lead.

They opened the fourth by scoring eight of the first 10 points to open their biggest lead at that point, 90-76 on Splitter's three-point play with just under 10 minutes left.

Splitter's two free throws made it 94-78 with 8:41 to go.

Boston closed the gap to nine, but the Spurs had a pair of easy drives by Parker to maintain control.

That was until Rondo answered with a long jumper from the right corner off his own steal and a spinning bank shot, closing it to 104-98 with 3:17 left.

But that was as close as Boston got.

Duncan had five points during a 9-0 spree that gave the Spurs a 69-60 edge midway into the third quarter. Boston then scored seven of the next nine, closing it to two on Pierce's 3 from the right wing.

Rondo was responsible either with an assist, basket or pass for all the Celtics' 23 points in the opening 81/2 minutes of the third quarter. He had eight assists, two baskets and fed Pierce, who got fouled in the lane before hitting two free throws.

In the quarter, Rondo had eight assists and two baskets, accounting for all but one of Boston's buckets -- Jeff Green's drive.

Neither team held more than a four-point lead until the Spurs scored 14 of the final 20 points in the first half to take a 56-48 edge into the break. Danny Green nailed a 3-pointer in the middle of the streak, giving him 30 straight games with at least one 3, the league's longest current streak.

 

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