Keys to the Game
Avery Bradley shoots a jumper against San Antonio

Keys to the Game: Spurs 95, Celtics 87

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Beating the San Antonio Spurs is a hefty challenge in and of itself. Beating them while shooting ice cold from the field is nearly impossible.

Boston learned that the hard way Sunday afternoon, when it couldn’t pop the lid off of its basket.

The Celtics shot a woeful 26.1 percent during the first quarter and 29.2 percent overall during the opening half. They headed into the locker room at halftime having connected on only one of their 12 3-point attempts.

As one would imagine, that half of poor shooting left Boston with a sizable hole to climb out of.

San Antonio also struggled to find a rhythm from the field, shooting only 37.2 percent during the first half, but it still built a substantial lead that lasted the remainder of the afternoon. The Spurs pulled ahead by as many as 15 points during the first half thanks in large part to 10 points apiece from Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili.

The hoops became much more friendly to the C’s during the second half. They scored 56 points over the final 24 minutes of action and clawed back to within four points. However, they were unable to completely scratch San Antonio’s lead and fell 95-87.

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LaMarcus Aldridge is fitting in just fine with his new team. Anyone who watched his performance on Sunday afternoon found that out first-hand.

Aldridge quietly put together a monster performance that boosted San Antonio to a 95-87 victory at TD Garden. He dropped a game-high 24 points points on 8-of-18 shooting and hauled in a game-best 14 boards. Four of those rebounds came at the offensive end of the court.

Those points and rebounds were likely enough to push San Antonio into the winner’s circle, but Aldridge didn’t stop there. He also handed out five assists, which tied for the game’s best total.

Box Score Nuggets

  • San Antonio made four more free throws (18) than Boston attempted (14).
  • LaMarcus Aldridge led or tied for the game high in points (24), rebounds (14) and assists (five).
  • Avery Bradley led Boston with 18 points.
  • Marcus Smart was right behind Bradley with 17 points.
  • Five Celtics blocked one shot apiece.
  • Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points for the Spurs.
  • Aldridge and Leonard each shot 8-for-18 from the field.
  • The Celtics shot just 35.7 percent from the field.
  • Boston outscored San Antonio 52-38 in the paint.
  • Three of Boston's reserves scored in double-figures, led by Isaiah Thomas' 15 points. Jared Sullinger and Amir Johnson each scored 10.
  • Boston's starters totaled only nine assists.

Quote of the Night

Today we played a lot better than we did on Friday, but we couldn't throw it in the ocean.

Brad Stevens on Boston's shooting performance.

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