November 21, 2013

Spurs surge past Celtics

San Antonio hands Boston its fifth straight loss.

The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 104-93 Wednesday night, remaining undefeated at home.

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Boston’s Jeff Green is defended by San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter, 22, as he tries to score during Wednesday night’s game in Texas, won by the Spurs.

The Associated Press

FRIDAY'S GAME

WHO: Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: TD Garden, Boston

TELEVISION: CSN

Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and Tim Duncan rebounded from a poor outing in San Antonio’s previous home game to score 13 points. Boris Diaw had 12 points, Tiago Splitter added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Danny Green 11 points for the Spurs (10-1).

Avery Bradley, Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger each had 19 points for Boston, which has lost five straight.

There were 10 lead changes and 14 ties in the first half, as neither team was able to sustain any momentum.

San Antonio was able to pull away midway through the third quarter behind strong individual efforts by Leonard, Parker and Manu Ginobili.

Leonard keyed the resurgence, scoring 10 of 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put San Antonio ahead 61-52.

Parker made two dazzling layups, first presenting the ball with his right hand to draw a defender out of the lane and spinning back for a layup between defenders and then spinning away from a defender in the lane for a layup on the right side of the basket.

Ginobili literally wrapped a pass around a defender, tossing behind around a charging Brandon Bass to find Diaw cutting to the basket.

After scoring only two points in the Spurs’ previous home game against Washington, Duncan made the game’s first two baskets as the team targeted him early. He finished 3 of 13 but was 7 of 8 on free throws while also grabbing nine rebounds.

NOTES: Boston’s Keith Bogans was not with the team due to an undisclosed illness. … San Antonio’s Big Three of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have played 629 games together, trailing only Boston’s trio of Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Larry Bird by 100 games.

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