Game over: Spurs 112, Celtics 100: Too much Tony Parker (26 points), Tim Duncan (20 points, 15 boards) and Tiago Splitter. Yes, Tiago Splitter. He had 23.
Rondo had 22 points and 15 dimes. Pierce added 19 and Garnett 14.
Fourth quarter, 1:35 p.m., Spurs 108-98: There go the Celtics. Two empty trips then a phantom foul on Garnett gave Splitter (21 points) two free throws. The crowd is fleeing for the streets.
Fourth quarter, 3:15 p.m., Spurs 104-98: Here come the Celtics. Down by 12 (104-92) they have scored 6 straight to get back in the game and get the crowd going. Rondo has 5 of the points and has 22 on the game. Tony Parker (24 on 11-of-16 shooting) has been tremendous.
Fourth quarter: 8:03, Spurs 94-82: Celtics are trying to hang in there. The Spurs were up 16 but the Celtics have the last two hoops. They need to make something happen soon.
The Spurs have six players in double figures and are shooting 60 percent. It’s a clinic.
Fourth quarter, 9:53, Spurs 89-76: The Spurs scored 7 of the first 9 points of the quarter and Rivers called time. Splitter is abusing Sullinger.
End of third quarter, Spurs 82-74: The Celtics cut the lead to 76-74 with 2:14 left when Jeff Green scored on Splitter. But the Celtics were blanked the rest of the quarter as an awkward lineup couldn’t get in much of a flow.
Splitter was active, his best sequence coming when he blocked a shot by Sullinger then beat the rookie back down the court for a transition dunk.
Celtics played better defense in that quarter. It has to continue if they are going to get a victory.
Third quarter, 4:28, Spurs 71-69: The Spurs built their lead to 71-64 as their run reached 9-2. Than Rondo hit a jumper and Pierce a 3-pointer from the right side. Gregg Popovich called time.
Third quarter, 6:08, Spurs 66-62: The Celtics started the quarter with a 14-4 run and took a 62-60 lead. Rondo has five assists in the spurt and a bucket. He has 10 assists, giving him 35 games in a row with at least that many.
Garnett had three of those baskets.
The Spurs punched back with a 6-0 run and Doc Rivers called time. The Celtics are moving the ball well and obviously are trying to get KG involved.
Halftime: Spurs 56-48: San Antonio is shooting 56 percent from the field (22 of 39) and has made six 3-pointers. Tony Parker (14 points, 4 assists) is outplaying Rajon Rondo (4 points on 1-of-6 shooting). Kevin Garnett (4 points, 1 rebound) has been invisible.
Second quarter, 8:27, Spurs 38-36: The gentleman’s agreement not to play defense continues. San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter is fun to watch. He seems to have little regard for his body as he flings himself around the court.
End of first quarter, Spurs 30-27: High-scoring quarter, especially with so many older players on the floor. The Celtics shot 10 of 19 and the Spurs 13 of 22. Can’t figure on 56 percent shooting continuing all night. If so, the Celtics are in trouble. They are 0-4 when the opponent scores 100+ points this season.
First quarter, 2:50, Celtics 23-18: The Spurs built a 17-14 lead behind bulky DeJuan Blair. The Celtics have outscored the Spurs, 9-1, since, fueled by Paul Pierce.
First quarter, 6:31, Celtics 14-13: Lively game so far with the Celtics forcing the issue offensively. Jason Terry has 8 points. The teams are 11 of 19 from the field. All five Spurs starters have scored.