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Spurs fall to Celtics, 108-94: Recap, highlights and more

By Ryan Kostrzewa
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 30: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics defends Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of the game at TD Garden on October 30, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 30: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics defends Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of the game at TD Garden on October 30, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs lost their third straight game as the team continues to search for answers on offense.

On Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs faced the Boston Celtics in the seventh game of the 2017-18 season. It was the second game in as many nights, with them coming off a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Would they rebound from a tough stretch?

18. . 94. 29. 108

It was another rough game on the second night of a back-to-back for the San Antonio Spurs, who came up short against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden in Boston. The 108-94 loss drops the Spurs to 4-3 on the season and lands the team in the middle of a three-game losing streak, while the victory lifts the Celtics to 5-2 and into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray came out firing to keep the score close early, but coach Gregg Popovich waved the white flag after a 38 percent shooting performance in the first half, electing to leave Aldridge on the bench for the remainder of the game. Another strong bench performance in the third quarter by Rudy Gay kept the deficit relatively close, but he soon joined Aldridge and Ginobili on the bench as the Celtics pulled away against the Spurs bench.

The Celtics continued to expand the deficit throughout the remainder of the game, ultimately earning the 108-94 victory against the Silver and Black garbage-time lineup. Brandon Paul led the Spurs with 18 points, while Kyrie Irving posted 24 for the Celtics. Aldridge’s 11 point outing was his lowest of the season, but he played only 26 minutes.

It’s hard to take much away from a game like this. Popovich effectively used the game to rest LaMarcus Aldridge, and with Kawhi Leonard still absent due to a lingering quad injury, there simply wasn’t enough offense to overcome the Celtics.

Game notes

  • The reunion tour continued, as ex-Spur Aron Baynes earned 6 points and 5 rebounds against his old team.
  • Gay looked great off the bench again as the sole offensive threat once Aldridge left the floor.

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San Antonio will look to rebound against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

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