Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/9

Game 1: Wednesday, January 9th
Game 2: Saturday, March 16th

Celtics 104

(38-28, 18-17 away)

Spurs 111


    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, March 16, 2002

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 28 29 22 25104
    SA 29 29 22 31111

    Top Performers

    Boston: A. Walker 31 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 37 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Spurs beat Celtics 12th straight time

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Boston Celtics knew they would have their hands full with Tim Duncan and David Robinson, but they didn't expect that Danny Ferry would be the one to end their seven-game winning streak.

    David Robinson


    David Robinson fends off a Celtics' triple-team.

    Ferry scored a season-high 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the game's final three minutes, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 111-104 victory over the Celtics on Saturday night.

    "It was anybody's game, and then Danny Ferry stepped up and made those 3-pointers," Boston's Antoine Walker said. "This was one we let slip through our fingers."

    Duncan led all scorers with 37 points for the Spurs, who extended their winning streak to nine games.

    Reserve Malik Rose added 14 for San Antonio, and Robinson, who played only sparingly in the second half, had 12.

    "It was a wonderful win for us," said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. "We executed the half-court really well in the fourth quarter, and our aggressiveness on the defensive end was outstanding."

    Besides his scoring, Ferry also clamped down on Boston's high-scoring Paul Pierce, who had only 11 points in the second half.

    Pierce and Walker each scored 31 for the Celtics. Walker had 11 rebounds. Kenny Anderson contributed 14 points, and Rodney Rogers came off the bench for 11.

    A layup by Duncan put the Spurs up 99-89 with 3:44 remaining. Boston then scored eight straight points to cut the deficit to two before Ferry made a 3-pointer with 2:11 left.

    After two free throws and another 3-pointer by Ferry, Pierce was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three with 24 seconds left. That made the score 107-104.

    "We had to put a couple on Duncan, and so we couldn't hold out the perimeter," Boston coach Jim O'Brien said.

    The Celtics then gambled but failed on a half-court trap, and Rose was left alone for a dunk with 21 seconds remaining.

    Trailing by one after the first period, the Celtics scored the first five points of the second. But an 18-foot jumper by Rose started a 17-6 burst that put San Antonio up by seven with six minutes left in the half.

    Walker and Tony Delk both connected on 3-pointers to bring Boston back. A driving dunk by Pierce put the Celtics within one at 54-53 with a minute left before the break.

    Pierce had 20 points in the first half on 7-for-10 shooting. Duncan also had 20, scoring half of them from the free throw line.

    Game notes

    San Antonio has beaten Boston 12 straight times. ... The last time Boston won in San Antonio was February 1990, and it has never won in the Alamodome. ... Boston still has a 31-29 advantage over the Spurs in their all-time series. ......Boston's road record under O'Brien is 31-31. ....Attendance was 34,753, the fourth time this year the Spurs have gone over 30,000. ....Pierce leads the NBA in fourth-quarter points with 450. He scored eight in the final period on Saturday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 111
    FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 38-75 (.507)
    3PM-3PA 12-31 (.387) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 29-38 (.763)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-36 12-42
    Assists 19 25
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 7 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (3/0) 18 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 31
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 37
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1