The Celtics hit everything early, and ran out to a 14 point lead with two minutes left in the first quarter. From there the Spurs started to crawl back into it, using a 12-0 run in the middle of the second quarter and taking advantage of a Boston scoring drought that lasted nearly six minutes.
From there, it was a back and forth affair, with neither team able to shake the other. Kawhi Leonard had a good afternoon (ending with 25, 10, 4, 2 but no steals) and Danny Green was feeling it from deep (3-4 for 11 points) but the rest of the starters struggled, shooting 7-24 with 4 turnovers.
But the bench stepped up admirably. Davis Bertans hit inside and out to post a career-best 15 points that went nicely with his team-high +8 and some eyebrow-raising defensive plays. David Lee had a season-high 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Patty Mills scored 19, including a corner three late in the fourth that got San Antonio the cushion they needed to win their 8th in a row, and stay unbeaten on the road.
Tomorrow night they’ll play the Wizards in D.C. and the early finish will give them more recovery time than usual for a SEGABABA. Stay tuned for more coverage, and visit Celtics Blog for the opposition’s view.