Tony Parker had 26 points and Tim Duncan added 20 points and 15 rebounds to offset 22 points and 15 assists from Rajon Rondo as the Spurs beat the Celtics, 112-100, Wednesday night at TD Garden. The Celtics came within 90 seconds of becoming just the second NBA team in 25 years not to collect one offensive board. Brandon Bass collected the only one on the night on a putback. San Antonio was held without an offensive rebound in a 98-92 win over the Jazz on Jan. 23, 2002. Adding to their inside woes, the Spurs outscored the Celtics in the paint, 58-34.
The second straight loss dropped the Celtics back to .500 on the season at 6-6 while the Spurs improved to 9-3.
Jason Terry gave the Celtics an early boost, as he made 5-of-7 shots in the first half, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the opening quarter. Paul Pierce scored nine points jumped out to a 25-20 lead. The Spurs finished the first quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 30-27 lead.
The Spurs finished the second quarter on a 14-2 run to take a 56-48 lead to the locker room at the half. Parker dominated in the second quarter, scoring seven of his 15 first-half points in the second quarter as the Spurs took advantage of the Celtics desperate attempt to fix their inside game. Garnett had one rebound and four points in 16 minutes while Tim Duncan had nine rebounds and eight points, also in 16 minutes.
The Spurs outscored the Celtics 26-10 in the paint in the first half and led, 48-18, at one point.
Rondo's double-digit assist streak reached 35 games when he found Brandon Bass for a wide-open jumper on the left wing three minutes into the second half. Rondo is just 11 games behind Magic Johnson's record 46-game streak in 1983-84, and just two behind John Stockton's 37 straight games in 1989. Ironically, Rondo could tie Johnson on Dec. 15 when the Celtics visit San Antonio.
The Celtics fell behind 71-64 late in the third before Rondo hit a jumper from the top of the circle and Pierce followed with his first three of the night from the right wing, cutting San Antonio's lead to two, 71-69, with 4:27 left in the third. But the disturbing end-of-the-quarter trend continued as the Celtics were outscored 9-3 to end the third and trailed, 82-74, heading into the fourth.
The Celtics fell behind by 16, 94-78, before Rondo and Garnett answered to cut the deficit to 12 with 8:03 left. After San Antonio's 17th turnover, Rondo drilled a three to cut the lead to eight, 104-96, with just under four minutes left. Rondo drained another jumper with 3:15 left to make it a six-point game, 104-98. But Duncan answered with a jumper and the Spurs finished the game on an 8-2 run to close out the win.
The Celtics have Thanksgiving off before returning to action on Friday night at the Garden to take on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. For complete coverage, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.
In the latest edition of the "It Is What It Is" podcast, Chris Price and CSNNE's Mike Giardi take a look at the Patriots offseason on both sides of the ball, try and get a handle on which new guys will make an impact first, and whether or not the Patriots have altered their style when it comes to drafting and developing wide receivers.
Mike Florio joined the program to discuss the Jets decision to release Tim Tebow, he said the situation is as disaster all around for the Jets and that the problems begins with owner Woody Johnson. Mike also said that he was disappointed with the Pats moving back in the first round.
One of the hardest working men in the biz, Mike Petraglia aka "Trags", sits down with Butch Stearns live in Foxborough to help break down all the latest Pats moves. He discusses his reaction to the trade in Round 1 and the guys those picks produced. Also, the boys talk about the decent trade the Pats made in acquiring LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay for Jeff Demps and a 7th rounder.
We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Stephen A. joined the program to discuss the trade rumors he has reported regarding a possible trade including Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Stephen A. also told the guys that he has heard that Danny and Doc may be tiring of working together.
Joe Castiglione talked with John Lackey after he picked up the W against the Twins. Lackey threw seven innings, and retired the 1st twelve batters of the game.
Dave O'Brien talked to John Farrell before the end of the Twins series. The Sox skipper said that Big Papi's success is no surprise given his work ethic.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Brickley joins the show and discusses what the Bruins should do with their young defensemen once the veterans return from injury, the play of Rask, and Torterella's coaching style.
Shawn joined the show to discuss the teams great performance in game two against the Rangers. Shawn said that he wouldn't mind playing for John Tortorella because he seems like a funny guy.
Dale and DJ roll on with their puck talk and chat some more about the goalie matchup in this series, as well as the lack of a quality power play for both of these teams. In fact, DJ says the Rangers are even worse on the PP than the B’s! The guys also get into the resurgence of Milan Lucic and his deceptive speed and grit. Dale and DJ talk about the similar styles of play for these teams and look forward to Game 2.
John, Gerry and Kirk give their things that they would never do, listeners joined on the WEEI yakoff app with their thoughts.
After hearing the horrible performance by Alexis Normand at the Memorial Cup in Canada, Minihane saved us all by delivering a heartfelt rendition of our national anthem.
LB joins the show in studio to discuss the Bruins taking a 2-0 series lead against the Rangers and what Claude should do when Seidenberg, Redden, and Ference are ready to play.
Mut and Merloni get into a Red Sox discussion after a successful weekend in Minnesota. They discuss Pedroia, Lackey, and the future of Ellsbury with the Red Sox.
We talk all things game one with Jack Edwards of NESN, and get to hear a little from Jack's Finnish protege as well.
We tackle four topics we haven't yet touched upon today.. Joe Thornton and disappointing former Boston athletes, parking in Boston, buying jersey numbers and more...
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The Bruins have almost finished raking the Leafs, the Red Sox struggle from the mound, Miami Heat fans show their level of class.
Daily Planet Wednesday May 8th
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Damn New Yorkers!
Sauce Man stylings!
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