The San Antonio Spurs started their four game road trip on a great note, picking up their seventh straight win as Gregg Popovich returned by defeating the Boston Celtics 111-89.
Nov 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich calls in a play against the Boston Celtics during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
After trailing, by four points through the first 24 minutes, 49-45, San Antonio regrouped at the break and used a dominant second half to seal the win, outscoring Boston 66-40 in the final two quarters.
It was another hot shooting night for the Spurs, who shot 42.3% from deep, connecting on 11 three-pointers. San Antonio also played air-tight defense forcing the Celtics to shoot a measly 41.4% from the field.
The Spurs can attribute the win to the good ball control they displayed as well, only committing 14 turnovers during the game.
Offensively, San Antonio was paced by Danny Green and his 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 from three. Green also grabbed six rebounds, adding to his solid final stat line.
Boris Diaw also had a nice game for the Spurs, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. The French big man was near perfect from the field, connecting on 5-of-6 field goals, 3-of-4 from deep.
It was an overall team effort for San Antonio, who received 43 points off the bench. The Spurs were also solid at the line, hitting 18-of-20 from the charity stripe.
While the story of San Antonio was fantastic, the story for Boston was quite the opposite. The Celtics attack was led by Jeff Green, 16 points, and Avery Bradley, 11 points and three rebounds.
Outside of those two players, it was struggle for Boston with only two players registering field goal percentages over 50%.
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Rajon Rondo was slight bright spot for the Celtics, finishing with six rebounds and 10 assists, but, he failed to score effectively recording only two points.
The Spurs improved to 12-4 with the win, their 10th victory in their last 11 games. The Celtics dropped to 4-10 with the loss, their seventh in their last eight games.
Next up for the San Antonio Spurs is game two of this four game road trip in Philadelphia against the win-less 76ers.
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