San Antonio entered Wednesday night’s game against Boston ranked second in the league in field goal percentage (49.0 percent) and first in the league in 3-point percentage (39.1 percent).
The Celtics did an admirable job throughout the first three quarters in containing the Spurs’ shooting abilities. However, San Antonio’s true colors shone brightest during the most important stretch of the game.
A three-point game quickly turned to an 11-point game when the Spurs caught fire early in the fourth quarter. Over a span of one minute and 57 seconds, San Antonio made five consecutive field goals, including a 3-pointer, and its one free throw attempt. Meanwhile, at the other end, Boston struggled. It turned the ball over twice and made just one shot.
This wasn’t a long stretch of the game but it was a key one. San Antonio’s 12-4 run gave it the first double-digit lead of the game at 83-72. The Spurs went on to lead by as many as 17 points and defeated the Celtics 104-92.
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Kelly Olynyk will head into his first NBA All-Star weekend on a high note, even though the Celtics won’t. Olynyk put forth yet another strong effort as his team fell to the Spurs in its final game before the break.
Olynyk has now tallied two consecutive double-doubles after racking up 15 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night against San Antonio. Each double-double was delivered in a reserve role.
Shooting hasn’t necessarily been Olynyk’s forte this season. He entered this game making just 42 percent of his field goal attempts. However, he shot 6-of-11 from the field Wednesday night , marking the second consecutive game in which he has made six of his 11 attempts. Olynyk made six of his eight shots from inside the 3-point arc against San Antonio.
The rookie big man’s performance allowed the Celtics to play even with San Antonio throughout his 31 minutes of action. It will also allow him to head into the All-Star break, and his first Rising Stars Challenge game, on a high note.
Box Score Nuggets
- Tim Duncan scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half.
- Rajon Rondo set a new career high with four made 3-pointers in five attempts.
- Kelly Olynyk and Kris Humphries each scored 15 points off the bench for Boston.
- Olynyk also grabbed 10 rebounds to account for Boston's only double-double.
- The Spurs made half of their shots (41-of-82).
- Boston's starters totaled just four free throw attempts.
- Marco Belinelli flirted with a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
- Jared Sullinger grabbed five of his rebounds at the offensive end, accounting for five of Boston's nine offensive rebounds.
- San Antonio scored 23 points in both the second and third quarters.
- The Spurs, who entered the game ranked first in the league in 3-point percentage, made nine of their 19 3-pointers (47.4 percent).
- Rondo's 16 points were a team high.
- Jerryd Bayless neared a double-double with 11 points and nine assists.
- Boston's largest lead was two points, while San Antonio's was 17.
- Sullinger, who Brad Stevens later revealed was sick, had his double-double streak end at six games after loggin four points and seven rebounds in the loss.
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