The Boston Celtics used to strike fear in the hearts of their opponents, but that has not been the case for quite some time. It was no different on Wednesday night as the San Antonio Spurs rolled to an easy 104-92 win.
Once again, the Spurs were shorthanded and had to rely on a total team effort to come out of Boston with a win. Corey Joseph got the start for a resting Tony Parker and finished with 11 points on a team-high 37 minutes. Joseph only committed one turnover, and his ball-control was a key that really allowed the Spurs to execute their offense. San Antonio took care of the ball all night and totaled nine turnovers.
The Spurs had four out of their starting five finish in double-digit scoring, and only one free throw was missed out of the 14 attempts all game. The offense was firing on all cylinders, shooting 50 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from 3-point territory. Boris Diaw was uncharacteristically aggressive as he finished with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
He relentlessly attacked the Celtics’ Kris Humphries, but that is almost a given for all NBA posts that match up against the pop-culture joke who often gets ridiculed for his temporary marriage with Kim Kardashian. Marco Belinelli is still finding his rhythm within Gregg Popovich‘s offense, but he looked pretty in tune against the Celtics. Belinelli was just two assists shy of a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Ball movement has been the staple of the Spurs success for many years, and it was on full display against the feeble Celtics. Tim Duncan was the recipient a great ball movement and added a game-high 25 points to the Spurs’ cause. In the second half, Timmy banged in 8-of-11 buckets for 23 points as he sealed the victory.
It was great to see the Spurs playing their brand of basketball once again, granted that it was against lesser competition. Regardless of the difficulty, that the Celtics imposed, San Antonio will head into the All-Star break with positive momentum.