Boston Celtics

Jan 8, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) moves to the basket past San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (11) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Tristan Deschenes, 98.5 The Sports Hub contributor

The Boston Celtics dropped their second straight game on Wednesday, falling to the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 129-114.

For the fourth straight game, the Celtics got off to a slow offensive start. They struggled to score early and at one point were down 22-3 with 5:02 to go in the first quarter. The Celtics did not even reach double-figures until 3:33 to go in the first quarter.

In addition to their offensive struggles, the Celtics could not help themselves on defense either. They offered no resistance, and the Spurs seemed to get every shot that they wanted. The Spurs shot 61.7 percent from the field in the first half and racked up 65 first-half points. The Spurs continued their good shooting and finished the game shooting 55 percent from the field for the game.

After being down by as many as 23 in the first half, the Celtics made a run in the third. Boston got back into it after a Daniel Theis and one got the Spurs lead down to 11 with 6:49 to go in the third. Jayson Tatum would follow that up with back to back fast-break buckets to get the Spurs lead down to 76-69 with 6:07 remaining in the third.

The Celtics’ momentum would be quickly stopped after Kemba Walker was ejected at the 5:49 mark in the third. Walker took a hard screen from Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge and was knocked down. Walker given a double-technical for arguing with the official. After the Walker ejection, the Spurs went on a 17-3 run and got the lead up to 21 before taking a 99-83 lead into the 4th.

Boston would get the lead down to 14 multiple times in the fourth but every time the Celtics got close, they would throw the ball away or miss an open shot.

Boston was led by Gordon Hayward who scored 18 points. Brown scored 16 points and Tatum chipped in with 14. Theis also added 15 for the C’s.

The Spurs were led by Demar DeRozan, who had 30 points on the night. Derrick White and Lonnie Walker IV played well off the bench for the Spurs as well. White finished the night with 15 points and Walker IV scored 19 points.

Up Next: Boston will play tomorrow night in Philadelphia against the 76ers at 7 PM.

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