In pain, “Celtics” beat the eye-catching “Spurs”.

A surprising — not to say crushed — week in Oklahoma City The Celtics it was necessary to be careful about their movement Spurscertainly not opposed to the idea of ​​ousting the penultimate leader in the West, but the Eastern Conference.

It didn’t go far since his teammates Jason Tatum (34 points) and Jaylen Brown (29 points) had to work and wait until the final seconds of the game to outscore the Texans team (eight players scored 10 or more points) (121-116).

Without Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl or Devin Vassel, San Antonio chased the score throughout the game, however, battled until the final moments and only scored on Tatum’s big shot with 34 seconds left, then a free throw. relief for Bostonso finish it road trip on a good accounting note.

WHAT TO REMEMBER

Often, the Jay’s led Boston. The author of the “dagger” with 34 seconds left, before the free throws killed all doubts, Jayson Tatum led the attack of the Celtics and could rely on Jaylen Brown, who also participated in scoring. It wasn’t all perfect for the C’s two leaders, wasteful with the ball, mistakes or sometimes forced kicks and not in rhythm, but their offensive output (63 points in total) was once again essential to get Joe Mazzulla’s men out. hell trap.

San Antonio didn’t deserve it. Leading by 10 points in the first quarter, 15 in the second and 11 in the fourth, the Spurs never gave up and managed to stay on the scoreboard, rallying collectively to finally tie the game with 35 seconds remaining (116-116). the end. Unfortunately, at the end of the match, they were unable to do what was needed to confirm what was to come, suffering from a lack of experience and poor management to both find good shots in attack and control the comeback in defence. the the surprise win of the evening (and a beautiful hug).

Derrick White was hailed by the “ex.”. He traded from the Spurs to the Celtics last season combination protector faced San Antonio for the first time, and it was his first time on the floor of the AT&T Center as a visitor. On this occasion, the Texas franchise therefore made a small tribute video for him and it touched the individual concerned. In response, White (8 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 blocks) had a very solid offensive and defensive performance on his roster to be one of Boston’s engines tonight.

TOPS/FLOPS

Malcolm Brogdon. Although reserved, the sixth player from Boston was especially effective during the game. 22 points and 7 assists, 8 of 12 from the field, but above all the author of 5 of 6 from 3-pointers, thus Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown- u passed it perfectly. if not both at the same time, the time of the rest of one of them. Able to ease the Celtics’ stars into scoring and creating, the former Bucks and Pacers player was picked up by the C’s last offseason for just that kind of performance.

San Antonio Collective. It’s hard to single out one player more than any other Spurs side because they shone in public. From Zach Collins (18 points, 12 rebounds) to Josh Richardson (18 points), Tre Jones (18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Romeo Langford (14 points, 6 rebounds), Doug McDermott (13 points), Jeremy Sochan (11 points, 6 rebounds), Stanley Johnson (10 points) and even Malachi Branham (10 points), almost all of Gregg Popovich’s junior protégés performed and took advantage of the Celtics’ porous defense and brought something positive at some point. meeting

Robert Williams III. Always underutilized off the bench (but how much?), the Celtics center is going from strength to strength, and we’ve seen him produce a lot of good stuff for his team all over the place, proving himself to be a decisive bonus on the court. money time. In all areas of the game (10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks!), he certainly had one of the best performances of the season. Evidence of his return to form: that big streak “against his 3-pt attempt coast to coast step”, will surely place well in the top 10 of the day.

Marcus Smart’s injury. More unusual than the Spurs, one could point to the Celtics’ perimeter defense as one of the failings, but let’s instead focus on the premature departure of the Defensive Player of the Year. The Boston guard left his teammates in the third quarter after taking a hit to his left knee on contact with Zach Collins during a screen pose, then did not return. To see, then…

NEXT

San Antonio (13-27) : Travel to Memphis, Monday through Tuesday night (02:00).

Boston (28-12) : Pickup from Chicago, Monday through Tuesday night (01:30).

San Antonio / 116 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
Z. Collins 34 8/13 0/2 2/3 4 8 12 4 1 0 2 0 -2 18 26
J. Sochan 27 4/10 1/4 2/2 2 4 6 3 3 1 2 0 0 11 13
K. Bates-Diop 22 2/6 0/1 0/0 2 2 4 0 1 1 2 1 -5 4 4
T. Jones 30 8/18 0/1 2/2 1 4 5 5 2 1 1 0 -4 18 18
R. Langford 31 7/15 0/0 0/0 1 5 6 1 3 0 0 0 +2 14 13
I. Roby 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D. McDermott 20 5/7 2/3 1/2 0 3 3 1 3 0 0 0 -3 13 14
S. Johnson 12 3/7 0/2 4/5 2 2 4 2 3 0 1 0 -5 10 10
C. Bassey 14 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 5 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 4
J. Richardson 29 7/14 4/9 0/0 0 3 3 4 0 1 3 2 +9 18 18
Mr. Branham 20 5/10 0/3 0/0 0 2 2 3 1 2 0 0 -7 10 12
49/100 7/25 11/14 12 39 51 24 20 6 13 3 116 133
Boston / 121 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
J. Tatum 36 13/26 5/10 3/5 0 4 4 2 3 0 2 0 0 34 23
A. Horford 32 2/7 0/3 0/0 2 8 10 1 3 0 1 0 +2 4 9
Mr. Smart 22 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 2 2 4 2 0 3 1 0 5 7
D. White 32 3/7 1/2 1/1 0 5 5 11 0 0 0 3 -2 8 23
J. Brown 39 12/26 2/7 3/6 1 3 4 2 4 2 6 2 +3 29 16
G. Williams 18 0/3 0/1 2/2 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 +3 2 2
S. Hauser 12 2/4 1/2 1/2 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 +6 6 4
R. Williams III 22 5/6 0/0 0/0 4 7 11 3 1 2 0 4 +1 10 29
Mr. Brogdon 28 8/12 5/6 2/2 1 2 3 7 1 0 0 0 +10 23 29
47/95 15/34 12/18 8 35 43 30 15 6 14 10 121 142

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