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The Spurs led the whole way, buoyed by LaMarcus Aldridge's 24/14/5 line against a tough, young Boston squad that refused to quit.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Spurs 95, Celtics 87 - Nov 1, '15

The Spurs were comfortably in control for most of this one, but a late Boston rally assisted by some sloppy Spurs play made this game interesting until the final minute.

This was an ugly shooting game, with San Antonio hitting just 5/19 and Boston an even worse 6/29 from deep.  The Spurs shot a decent 48.4% from two, but Boston Hit just 42% of their twos as the Spurs continued their defensive excellence, contesting shots and switching quickly.

The Spurs' biggest struggle was sloppiness down the stretch, as their 18 turnovers allowed a poor-shooting Boston team to crawl back into what otherwise would have been an easy victory.

It was great to see the Spurs' two best players take over late in the game when the offense looked out of sync and the team desperately needed points.  Aldridge scored on three straight possessions around the 4 minute mark in the fourth quarter, holding Boston at arm's length.  When the Celtics quickly managed to once more cut the lead to just 4, LMA found Kawhi for a huge corner three to put the Spurs back up by 7.  After Boston responded, Kawhi nailed a 17 footer on the next possession and the Spurs held on to claim their second win of the season.

Having not one, but two all-star caliber players who can be counted on to take big shots late in the game is a huge boon for the Spurs, who in the past might have fallen on their faces in similar circumstances.  Instead, their two alpha dogs shouldered the load and carried the team to victory.

Manu Ginobili once again looked spry and was very effective, tallying 13 points on 8 shots, grabbing eight boards and tallying three assists and steals to go with three turnovers.  Diaw also played excellent basketball as well, with 10 points and 4 assists.  The man is a Living Mismatch and it's always a treat to watch him abuse smaller defenders in the post. Unfortunately, he missed his first three of the season so it's clearly all downhill from here.

Let's hope Aldridge continues to get more comfortable so we can see more performances like this one from him on a regular basis.  It's still hard to believe the Spurs' good fortune in being chosen by a free agent capable of putting up a line like 24 points, 14 boards, 5 assists, 1 block, 1 steal and 2 turnovers.  But choose the Spurs Aldridge did, and here we are. All we have to do is appreciate it.  

Here's to the Spurs picking up an easy win tomorrow night against the ever-hapless Knicks.  Go Spurs Go!

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Celtics
Shooting (eFG%) 49% 39%
Ball Handling (TO%) 19% 15%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 26% 28%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 30% 14%

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Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Celtics
Pace (No. of Possessions) 104.1
Points Per Possession (PPP) 0.91 0.84
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.14 0.89
2-PT FG% 48.4% 42.0%
3-PT FG% 26.3% 20.7%
FT% 72.0% 78.6%
True Shooting % 50.5% 41.8%
Spurs
Celtics
Offensive Rating 91.3 83.5
Defensive Rating 83.5 91.3
Net Rating 7.8 -7.8
Spurs Celtics
Passes / poss. 3.3 2.9
% of FGA uncontested 48.2% 40.8%
Points in the paint 36 48
Second chance points 12 16
Fast break points 5 5
Spurs Celtics
Assists 22 21
Steals 10 10
Turnovers 18 16
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
1.78 1.94
Spurs Celtics
Expected Offensive Rebounds 9.8 14.3
Offensive Rebounds 10 16
Difference 0.2 1.7

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Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
LaMarcus Aldridge 35 29.2 0.84 24 Pts (8-18 FG, 0-1 3PT, 8-10 FT) 14 Reb (4 Off), 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 2 TO, 1 PF 31% 56% 93.2 82.4 10.8
Manu Ginobili 24 16.5 0.69 13 Pts (4-8 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-4 FT) 8 Reb (1 Off), 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 TO, 2 PF 22% 48% 108.9 86.4 22.5
Kawhi Leonard 34 16.1 0.47 19 Pts (8-18 FG, 1-3 3PT, 2-2 FT) 5 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 2 Stl, 2 TO, 2 PF 26% 45% 89.5 84.4 5.1
Boris Diaw 24 10.8 0.45 10 Pts (4-8 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-3 FT) 1 Reb (0 Off), 4 Ast, 1 PF 16% 63% 99.1 77.9 21.2
Patty Mills 21 7.4 0.36 8 Pts (3-3 FG, 2-2 3PT ) 1 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 2 TO, 1 PF 10% 58% 109.1 77.7 31.4
Danny Green 29 5.5 0.19 4 Pts (2-10 FG, 0-5 3PT, 0-2 FT) 6 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 Stl, 1 PF 16% 21% 71.2 83.8 -12.7
Tim Duncan 29 4.2 0.14 7 Pts (3-9 FG, 0-1 3PT, 1-2 FT) 9 Reb (1 Off), 5 Ast, 1 Blk, 4 TO, 4 PF 20% 35% 85.5 81.7 3.8
Rasual Butler 8 3.0 0.37 2 Pts (0-2 FG, 0-2 3PT, 2-2 FT) 1 Reb (0 Off), 2 Blk, 15% 42% 112.7 73.7 39.0
Tony Parker 27 2.0 0.07 6 Pts (3-6 FG, ) 4 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 3 TO, 2 PF 14% 34% 77.4 88.2 -10.8
David West 9 0.4 0.04 2 Pts (1-1 FG, ) 2 Reb (2 Off), 2 TO, 2 PF 14% 28% 81.3 111.9 -30.5
Kyle Anderson 1 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 106.4 66.7 39.7

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Spurs Index: 100.5 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 61.1% 29.5
Shooting (eFG%) 48.8% 18.2
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 71.9% 18.8
Defense (DefRtg) 83.5 24.0
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 40.8% 10.0
Total 100.5

Celtics Spurs Index: 95.4 Show Breakdown

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