Notebook:Spurs 103, Celtics 88



Posted Dec 15, 2012 11:46 PM

By Andrew McNeill, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The San Antonio Spurs used a 13-3 run in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Boston Celtics in a 103-88 win. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 22 points and eight assists, and Gary Neal added 20 points.

The Celtics fell to 12-11 on the season. Paul Pierce and Jason Terry led the Celtics with 18 points apiece. Kevin Garnett added 13 and six rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "Obviously Tony [Parker] was unbelievable down the stretch, but a lot of guys like Gary [Neal], Danny [Green] and Tiago [Splitter] played very solid basketball."
-- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich

THE STAT: The Spurs won despite Tim Duncan scoring just five points on 2-for-13 shooting.

TURNING POINT: Danny Green and Gary Neal combined for 11 straight points over 2:15 in the third quarter to take a tie game to an 11-point Spurs advantage.

QUOTABLE II: "It's hard to win games on the road when a team goes to the line like that and we don't go to the line."
-- Celtics coach Doc Rivers

HOT: The Spurs continued their generous ways this season, dishing 28 assists (on 38 field goals) to only 12 turnovers. San Antonio entered the game leading the NBA in assists with 25.3 per game.

NOT: After shooting 6-for-11 from 3-point range in the first half, the Celtics missed all five of their 3-pointers in the second half.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Parker scored 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting, handed out eight assists and had four steals for the Spurs. Pierce had 18 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Celtics. Duncan grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots for San Antonio.

ROOKIE WATCH: Nando De Colo scored eight points to go with four rebounds and three assists in almost 22 minutes for San Antonio. Jared Sullinger grabbed seven rebounds and scored two points in his 11 minutes of action for the Celtics.

NOTABLE: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili left the game in the third quarter with a left quad contusion after getting hit with an illegal screen by Celtics forward Chris Wilcox. Ginobili did not return to the game.

UP NEXT: For the Celtics, Tuesday @ Chicago, Wednesday vs. Cleveland, Friday vs. Milwaukee. For the Spurs, Monday @ Oklahoma City, Tuesday @ Denver, Friday vs. New Orleans.