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The Boston Celtics haven’t beaten the San Antonio Spurs on the latter’s home floor since 2011. The streak ended this Saturday evening with a 135-115 victory—unfortunately, in perhaps the most Pyrrhic fashion you can possibly imagine due to Gordon Hayward’s hand injury.
Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 30 points (plus 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal), continuing his trend of killing it in San Anton’. He was one of five Celtics in double figures, alongside Kemba Walker (26-5-8-1-1), Jayson Tatum (19-7-4-3), Marcus Smart (16-3-3-2) and last but not least, Robert Williams with 11-7-2 and 6 BLOCKS.
Let’s take a closer look:
The Spurs initially appeared to exhibit their usual home field advantage in a quick seven-point blitz, but it soon went the other way AND HARD:
Jaylen Brown was a big reason for this, but the offense was potent overall. I mean look at this ish:
It continued as soon as SMARF took the floor:
He then drained another about five seconds later. The quarter ended 39-30 Boston—the Cs’ most points in a quarter thus far in this young season.
Despite gumption from the Spurs early in the second frame, San Antonio’s ostensible star LaMarcus Aldridge was a complete non-factor, leaving DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes to fuel the offense alone. Which was Not Enough to stop the Celtics’ pressure:
It really was all…going…so…well.
And then, sometime leading up toward the halftime mark, while he attempted to defend a Dejounte Murray drive to the cup:
Reactions were about as you’d expect.
Even Lakers partisans were bummed:
The show had to go on. Kemba, who had a slow first half, made up for his lost time in a big way:
And Jaylen was not going to let the momentum slip away. Hence destruction like this:
The Spurs managed to stay within a few yards of a possible comeback (closing it to 104-91 at Q3’s end) due to strong three-point shooting from dudes like Patty Mills and Trey Lyles. The Celtics’ bench, however, was a lot more up for it, and more ready for DUNK KING:
After a few minutes of protest San Antonio’s shots went cold again, Boston’s lead ballooned to the 20s, where it remained.