From the Associated Press:
SAN ANTONIO (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and the San Antonio Spurs stayed unbeaten at home this season, holding off the Boston Celtics 108-105.
Boris Diaw had 16 points while Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili each got 15 as the Spurs improved to 11-0 at home.
Isaiah Thomas had 23 points for the Celtics.
Boston missed its last chance when it threw the ball out of bounds on an attempted full-court inbounds pass to Jared Sullinger.
The Celtics scored the most points by a Spurs’ visitor this season and twice got within a basket twice in the final 10 seconds.
Avery Bradley missed a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining and Boston trailing 104-102. After a pair of free throws by Danny Green, Jae Crowder made a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining to pull the Celtics within 106-105.
Bradley added 16 and Amir Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics.
Boston went on a 14-1 run beginning midway in the final quarter, leading the San Antonio fans to shout “Defense!” in the closing minutes.
Following consecutive turnovers by the Spurs, Johnson made a hook shot to pull the Celtics within 95-93 with 3:16 remaining. Ginobili scored San Antonio’s next six points.
Ginobili had eight of his 15 points in the final quarter.
Celtics: Official Tom Washington mistakenly called Boston for an over-and-back violation with the Celtics rushing downcourt on a fastbreak following a Spurs turnover. Washington pointed at himself to signify he made the wrong call after the Celtics protested, but the whistle prevented them from a likely uncontested layup. … Crowder entered the game averaging 2.3 steals per game, which is fourth best in the league. He had one steal against the Spurs.
Spurs: Leonard was serenaded with “MVP” chants for the first time this season by the home crowd while attempting free throws in the third quarter. … The Spurs recalled G Ray McCallum from their Development League affiliate in Austin. McCallum had 12 points, four assists and three rebounds in his lone appearance Dec. 4. … F Rasual Butler missed the game for “personal business.”
Celtics: At New Orleans on Monday.
Spurs: At Philadelphia on Monday.
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