For the second straight night, the Spurs came up short on the defensive end. As a result, they suffered two straight losses for the first time this season.
Even with their defensive struggles, the Spurs were within striking distance in the final seconds and had a chance to steal the game but Paul Pierce partially blocked Ginobili’s 3-point attempt to preserve a 105-103 win for the Boston Celtics.
Here are some numbers that stood out in this Spurs’ recent loss.
94.1 – The Spurs shot well from the free throw line making 16-17 (94.1%) of their foul shots. The Celtics were uncharacteristically atrocious from the foul line making just 8-15 (53.3%) of their free throws.
61.3 – The Celtics shot a blistering 46-75 (61.3%) from the field while the Spurs connected on 39-86 (45.3%) of their field goal attempts.
55.6 – Boston were also accurate from behind the arc, hitting 5-9 (55.6%) from 3-point range. San Antonio made 9-22 (40.9%) of their 3-pointers.
34 – The Celtics outscored the Spurs on inside points 34-28. They also played better as a team, collecting 34 assists compared to the Spurs’ 20 dimes.
31 – Ray Allen had a game-high 31 points on 13-16 shooting from the field, including 2-4 from beyond the arc.
24 – Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 24 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
23 – Glen Davis scored a season-high 23 points for Boston as he started in place of Kevin Garnett.
22-12-10 – Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double, adding six steals to help Boston beat the Spurs in a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams.
18 – Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had 18 points a piece for the Spurs while Pierce added 18 points for Boston.
8 – The Spurs’ running game did not work on their favor, they were outscored by the Celtics 8-14 on fast break points.
0 – Matt Bonner and Gary Neal did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.
Rookie Watch: Neal had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes of action. Tiago Splitter did not play.
What’s Next? The Spurs will visit the Indiana Pacers at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indiana on Friday.
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