NBA Basketball

129
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
San Antonio 34 31 34 30 129
Boston 22 25 36 31 114
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , January 8, 2020
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 19,156

Spurs look for revenge, continued momentum vs. Celtics

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San Antonio Spurs at Boston Celtics

  1. The Celtics beat the Spurs on November 9, 135-115 -- those 135 points were the most Boston has scored against San Antonio since February 10, 1988 (136). Prior to that game, the Spurs had won 14 of 15 meetings over the Celtics from April 2012 -- March 2019.
  2. San Antonio made 19 threes against Milwaukee on Monday, one shy of the franchise record (20 on December 23, 2012). The Spurs have taken 30+ three-point attempts in five straight games, the longest streak in franchise history, and they're shooting 45.7 percent on threes over this five-game stretch.
  3. Boston shot 34.7 percent from the field and 21.6 percent from three against the Wizards on Monday, both their lowest marks in any game this season. Boston is 24-5 when shooting at least 40.0 percent from the field, second in the NBA, but 1-4 when shooting under 40.0 percent, ninth in the NBA.
  4. Jaylen Brown had 23 points and 12 rebounds on Monday, his second double-double during the month of January. He had three double-doubles from October-December, and had two double-doubles in each of the previous two NBA seasons.
  5. Patty Mills scored 21 points on Monday, and the Spurs are 4-1 in his 20-point games this season, with the only loss coming in that first meeting with the Celtics. Mills shot 6-for-10 from three, and the Spurs are a perfect 9-0 when he's made at least six threes in his career.
  6. DeMar DeRozan is the first guard with 750+ points on at least 53.0 percent shooting over his team's first 35 games since Michael Jordan in 1991-92.

The San Antonio Spurs look to exact a measure of revenge when they play at the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

The matchup represents the last of the regular season between the clubs after the Celtics routed the Spurs 135-115 at San Antonio on Nov. 9. That victory was Boston's first on the road in the series since 2011, and the Celtics had lost 14 of their last 15 to the Spurs entering that game.

Now San Antonio will have the chance to return the favor two nights after handing the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks a crushing 126-104 defeat.

"It's big, confidence-building," Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan told reporters of the victory over the Bucks. "Letting us know we could compete with the best teams in this league."

The way San Antonio got things done against Milwaukee was far different from usual: from the 3-point line. The Spurs hit 19 of 35 tries from deep, including a franchise-record-tying 12 makes in the first half. Even LaMarcus Aldridge was in on the fun with two 3-pointers as he moved just three away from his career best of 37 3s in a season, set in 2014-15.

"With LaMarcus joining us on the 3-point line and having the ability to knock them down, it does wonders in terms of spacing," said perennial deep threat Patty Mills, who hit six treys in the game.

While things are looking up for the Spurs coming off a big win, the Celtics enter having fell to the lowly Washington Wizards on the road Monday. In the 99-94 defeat, Boston played its third straight game without leading scorer Kemba Walker, who has been sidelined by the flu. Walker is questionable for Wednesday's contest.

Without Walker against the Wizards, the Celtics were held to 17 points in the first quarter and 40 overall in the first half, creating for themselves a hole they couldn't dig out of.

"It's three tough starts in row for our team," coach Brad Stevens said. "... We had started better in three weeks prior to that, but for whatever reason haven't started well on this trip or this set of games."

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points against Washington, but he hit just 7 of 22 field goal tries as Boston shot 34.7 percent.

"We came out slow today, but it's a long game," Brown said after the loss. "We got to be able to pick it up and have each other's back in certain aspects and find ways to win. Today was a winnable game despite the slow start, and we dropped the ball."

Despite the setback, the Celtics still have won eight of their last 10 games and are 14-2 at home.

Along with Walker, big man Daniel Theis was a late add to the Celtics injury report Tuesday night with left knee soreness that had him questionable. Theis has started 30 of the team's 34 games this season.

Rookie Romeo Langford (illness) is out.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 7, 2020

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