Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Friday, November 11th
Spurs103Final
Celtics82
Game 2: Friday, December 9th
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Spurs101

Spurs 103

(5-1, 3-1 away)

Celtics 82

(2-3, 2-2 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, November 11, 2005

TD Garden, Boston, MA

1 2 3 4 T
SA 26 21 34 22103
BOS 13 31 15 2382

Top Performers

San Antonio: T. Duncan 29 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Boston: P. Pierce 20 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast

Duncan scores 29 as San Antonio spurs Boston

BOSTON (AP) -- With all their talent, the San Antonio Spurs don't need an extra push to beat the Celtics. They got it anyway from their desire to extend their eight-year winning streak over Boston.

Tim Duncan had 29 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs pulled away in the third quarter for their 16th consecutive win over the Celtics, 103-82 Friday night.

"It's the same thing every time we come here," San Antonio guard Tony Parker said. "Tim has never lost (to Boston) and neither have I. It gives us extra motivation."

The Spurs never trailed and were threatened only in the second quarter when the Celtics cut a 26-13 deficit to 47-44 at halftime. Then Bruce Bowen hit all three of his 3-point shots in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, leading the defending champions to a 73-51 lead with 4:15 left in the period.

They led by at least 18 points the rest of the way.

"I don't feel we did anything different in the third quarter," Duncan said. "I think they just had a great (second) quarter."

The Celtics' third quarter, though, was horrible. They were outscored 34-15 and trailed 81-59 going into the fourth.

"When they got up right in the third quarter, we just succumbed to the lead and gave in," said Boston coach Doc Rivers, who gave his team an unusually long post-game talk. "And I don't like teams that give in."

Duncan has never lost to the Celtics since being drafted with the first pick in 1997. The Celtics' last win over the Spurs was on Jan. 8, 1997, in Boston, 107-83. Since then, 11 of San Antonio's 16 wins have been by at least 10 points.

"The streak is a streak and not because we specifically plan on doing that," Duncan said. "It doesn't matter who we play. It doesn't matter who is out on the floor. We always do the same stuff."

It was the first lopsided outcome this season for the Celtics (2-3), who played in two overtime games and two games decided on baskets at the buzzer.

Parker added 23 points and Bowen had 12 for the Spurs (5-1), who have Michael Finley and Brent Barry on their injured list.

The Celtics, who beat Memphis 99-98 on Ricky Davis' basket at the buzzer Wednesday night, were led by Paul Pierce with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Al Jefferson's 12 points.

San Antonio needed just 4½ minutes to turn their three-point halftime edge into a 16-point lead.

"We deflated a little bit" after that, Pierce said. "Us not playing defense really forces us to rush our shots on offense, thinking we're going to get it all back on one play."

Bowen and Manu Ginobili began the third quarter with consecutive 3-pointers. After Mark Blount hit a free throw for Boston, Ginobili sank two free throws and Bowen hit another 3-pointer for a 58-45 lead with 9:14 left in the third.

Pierce followed with two free throws, then San Antonio got the next five points. Delonte West finally made Boston's first basket of the quarter with 7:19 to go before Pierce's layup cut the lead to 63-51.

Then the Spurs got the next 10 points for a 73-51 lead and stayed ahead by at least 19 the rest of the way.

"They're a better basketball team than us," Rivers said, "but that doesn't mean that we can't beat them."

The Spurs were much better Friday night.

"We had a big lead, but they hurt us in transition in the second quarter," Parker said. "We did a great job to build the lead back up." ^Notes:@ Former Boston Bruins player Cam Neely, seated in the front row beside comedians Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke, received a standing ovation when he was introduced late in the first half. Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last Monday. ... Tom Brady and Richard Seymour of the New England Patriots also attended. ... The Spurs are 3-1 on a road trip that ends Saturday night at Washington. basketball again. It's good to be out there."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SA
BOS
Points 103 82
FGM-FGA 40-71 (.563) 35-79 (.443)
3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 4-11 (.364)
FTM-FTA 17-22 (.773) 8-15 (.533)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-41 9-33
Assists 19 22
Turnovers 17 15
Steals 5 6
Blocks 4 2
Fast Break Points 8 4
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 17 (1/1)
Largest Lead 26 0

Top Performers

San Antonio
Boston
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 29
Reb: 12
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 2
Paul Pierce Pierce
Points: 20
Reb: 10
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0