In the final minute of a one-possession game, Patty Mills splashed a 3-pointer from the corner with five green jerseys cemented inside the paint, effectively securing San Antonio’s 109-103 Knile Davis Authentic Womens Jersey triumph over the Celtics at TD Garden.
The Celtics, winners of three straight and six of their previous eight entering Friday’s game, were left to stew over all the little things that went wrong down the stretch. Yes, the Spurs dominated the glass (a 45-36 edge highlighted by old friend David Lee’s 15-point, 12-rebound performance) and shot more free throws (a 25-9 edge in attempts), but the biggest takeaway should be that the Celtics still have strides to make in developing the sort of chemistry and cohesion that allows the NBA’s truly elite teams to rise in the biggest moments.
“I was just talking with [Isaiah Thomas] about how [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] knows what he wants to get, and those guys run it to a T,” Celtics forward Jae Crowder said. “They have a lot of different playcalls in the fourth that they like to go to, and we knew them, but they just tried to pick us apart and just step into it. That’s one of the best teams that I ever saw in the fourth quarter.”
P.S. D-League history buffs will want to be reminded that the day before Thanksgiving marked the 15-year anniversary of Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s NBA debut, just two days after the Denver Nuggets summoned Andersen Larry Johnson Authentic Womens Jersey from the Fayetteville Patriots as the first D-Leaguer ever called up to the NBA.
Only one team in NBA history managed to record a double-digit scoring differential in its road games over the course of an entire season.
That would be the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won a record 33 consecutive games in their most impressive burst and clocked in with a scoring margin of plus-11.3 in posting a road mark of 31-7.
Yet in the early days of this season, amazingly, three teams are in that zone. The Clippers, Warriors and Spurs take a combined road record of 23-1 into their respective away dates Friday night and can all claim to be on the Lakers’ pace.
On this holiday weekend, I’m unabashedly thankful for crazy box-score lines.