His dunk extended the lead to 82-74 and the Celtics didn’t have enough left to get consistent stops in the fourth, when the Spurs converted 12 of 19 shots.
“Yeah, we were right there because nobody could stop anybody on either team,” Rivers said. “Hell, again, we shot 53 percent, so the reason we were there is because our offense allowed us to stay there. But to me, that was fools’ gold, because the way we were playing defense you’re not going to get a stop, you’re not going to win a game.
“And I think we cut it several times and either we had a turnover and they went and scored or late-clock possessions, I think they got them all. They got all the loose balls, all the late-clock scores, and that hurt us.”