Rondo's Triple-Double, Pierce's Block Give Celtics 105-103 Win Over Spurs

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Celtics Vs. Spurs: Final Minute A Collection Of Questionable Calls

Rajon Rondo scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out 22 assists, and stole the ball six times as the Boston Celtics defeated the San Antonio Spurs at home, 105-103.

This game was won in the final minute, however. Perhaps, as Celtics Blog notes, in spite of the referees.

Rondo stole a Manu Ginobili pass with 1:59 left in the game with the Celtics leading 98-96, and the new possession eventually turned into a Ray Allen three-pointer from the left wing (courtesy of Paul Pierce), putting Boston ahead 101-96. After Glen Davis drew a charge on a driving Richard Jefferson, Rondo converted a high-arching floater in the lane, good for a 103-96 Celtics lead. Ray Allen stole the ball from George Hill and converted a layup in transition (105-96), but Ginobili buried a three-pointer and Tony Parker stole the ball from Pierce and converted a layup, trimming the Celtics’ lead to just four (105-101) with 42.1 seconds to play. The Celtics turned it over on their next possession on an errant pass by Nate Robinson and Jefferson converted two free throws (105-103). Robinson, however, responded by rebounding a Pierce miss and feeding an open Allen who was fouled with 8.1 left on the clock. Unfortunately, Allen missed both free throws, leaving the Spurs 7.4 seconds left to tie or win the game. Ginobili attempted a three-pointer to win the game, but Pierce blocked the shot to seal the win for Boston.

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Celtics Vs. Spurs Final Score: Boston 105, San Antonio 103 Thanks To Pierce's Block At The Buzzer

On the final possession of Wednesday’s night Celtics-Spurs tilt, Manu Ginobili controlled the ball at the top of the key. He was promptly double-teamed and Marquis Daniels bit on Ginobili’s first pump fake. However, Paul Pierce was there to block his deep two-point try and seal the 105-103 victory.

Rajon Rondo looked fully healthy in posting a robust line of 12 points, 22 assists, 10 rebounds and six steals, and the Boston Celtics survived a late Spurs comeback to hand San Antonio a second straight defeat, 105-103, at TD Garden.

Ray Allen was an efficient 13-of-16 shooting for 31 points, but his two missed foul shots with 8.1 seconds remaining gave the Spurs an unlikely chance at the win after they trailed by nine with less than a minute to play.

Ginobili ended with 24 points and eight rebounds, while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each netted 18 points for the Spurs, who lost a 13-point decision at New York on Tuesday and have fallen in back-to-back games for the first time all season.

The Celtics improved to 27-7 and have won three straight.

For more post-game info and recaps, visit Celtics Blog and Pounding The Rock.

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