Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/12

Game 1: Sunday, January 12th
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Game 2: Sunday, March 9th
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Spurs 94

 

Celtics 78

(36-27, 21-11 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    6:00 PM ET, March 9, 2003

    TD Garden, Boston, MA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 23 25 26 2094
    BOS 13 17 20 2878

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Bos: M. Blount 13 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    San Antonio gets off to quick start in rout of Celtics

    BOSTON (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs certainly didn't need a late rally this time against the Boston Celtics.

    Tim Duncan
    Duncan

    Tim Duncan scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in just over three quarters as the Spurs coasted to their 11th consecutive win over the Celtics, 94-78 on Sunday night.

    It couldn't have been more different from the first meeting between the teams in San Antonio on Jan. 12 when the Spurs needed a game-ending 8-0 run to win.

    In that game, Stephen Jackson nailed a 3-pointer with 9.6 seconds left to five San Antonio an 81-80 win.

    On Sunday he got things started off right for the Spurs, hitting a 3-pointer on the first possession to trigger a game-opening 14-4 run.

    "I think the focus was to take away their outside shots,'' Duncan said. "The perimeter people won this game.''

    Jackson and Kevin Willis each had 15 points for the Spurs. Antoine Walker led the Celtics with 18 points and J.R. Bremer scored 15.

    It was the first game at the FleetCenter since someone apparently released pepper spray or Mace behind the Celtics' bench during Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. There was an announcement thanking fans for their patience for increased security measures. There were no incidents.

    The Spurs shot 53 percent and limited Boston to 40 percent. The Celtics were just 6-for-21 on 3-pointers.

    San Antonio, which had 30 assists on its 36 baskets, had balanced scoring with seven players with seven points or more.

    "That's what we wanted to do,'' forward Bruce Bowen said. "We don't want it to be just the 'Tim Duncan Show.'''

    The Celtics' reserves made a brief run against the Spurs' bench in the fourth, closing to 89-76 on Mark Blount's basket with 2:11 to play.

    "We knocked ourselves out,'' Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "You turn the ball over 23 times and you're not going to win many games against even a decent basketball team -- and they're clearly one of the best in the NBA.''

    The Spurs, who shot 53 percent in the opening quarter, led 23-13 after one.

    "We were careless,'' Walker said of the Celtics' turnovers. "We didn't give ourselves an opportunity to win.''

    In the second, Boston's deficit stayed between eight and 13 points until San Antonio closed the half with a 9-0 run. Tony Parker started the spurt with a 3-pointer and capped it with a layup at the buzzer that made the score 48-30.

    The Spurs continued to dominate in the third, building their lead to 74-48 on a basket by Duncan. They held a 74-50 advantage after three.

    "Boston had one of those nights were they just couldn't get it in the hole,'' San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.

    Boston forward Eric Williams was ejected for a flagrant foul on Parker four minutes into the game. Williams, who tackled Parker, protested briefly before leaving the floor. Parker made both free throws.

    Game notes


    Walker collided with Blount in the first quarter, getting a cut above his right eye. ... Pierce was issued a technical early in the second quarter and Blount was whistled for one in the third. ... The Spurs swept the two games between the teams for the fifth straight season. ... Bimbo Coles, signed by Boston Saturday, wore jersey No. 12.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    BOS
    Points 94 78
    FGM-FGA 36-68 (.529) 31-78 (.397)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 6-21 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 17-25 (.680) 10-17 (.588)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-40 15-42
    Assists 30 16
    Turnovers 23 23
    Steals 17 10
    Blocks 2 3
    Fast Break Points 4 0
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (1/0) 20 (2/1)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Boston
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 18
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Mark Blount Blount
    Points: 13
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2