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