On a night where the San Antonio Spurs as a team shot 29% from three, 63% from the charity stripe, and committed almost 20 turnovers, it was almost easy to overlook those numbers because the game was fun, and, you know, coming away with the win helps too. The good guys looked like they took advantage of the extra day of rest due to the postponement of Monday’s game to beat the Boston Celtics 110-106 in a wild, crazy, streaky game.
DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 21 points while LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 20 himself. Additionally, Keldon Johnson had a double-double scoring 18 with 10 boards, and Dejounte Murray also joined his back court mate for a double-double with 11 and 11 on points and boards. The starters overcame poor starts to both the first and third quarters to help win the game — a trend that needs to end so the bench doesn’t have to keep digging them out — with everyone except Murray posting a positive plus-minus.
And even then, while he may hold that distinction on this particular night, his signature steal-and-seal in the final minute provided the Spurs the cushion they needed to hold on for the win:
Every time Johnson dunks, Sean Elliott should use the telestrator to draw NBA Jam-style flames on the basketball while Bill Land yells, “Oh Mamashakalaka!”
Get out of the way! KJ coming through!! pic.twitter.com/2ivm0is0NO— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 28, 2021
Did he stutter? Why, yes he did. DeRozan stutter stepped his way for a reverse lay-in:
Aldridge took issue and took flight for an emphatic one-handed slam:
If KJ was an energy drink, he would not be FDA approved because side effects include constant motor, irritable opponents, and may lead to sudden stardom:
But of course, the sequence of the night came at the end of the first half, when the Spurs reached one of those peaks with a wild 29-6 run, capped off by two steals and two buckets in the final six seconds. The decibel level would have been through the roof if fans had been in the stands for this one, and who knows? They may have helped the Spurs carry that momentum into the second half instead of almost instantly rolling back down into a valley and surrendering a 14-point lead.
To relive the crazy and wild ride, check out the full-game highlights: