Jaylen Brown’s last-second attempt at a game-tying basket couldn’t fall, leaving the Boston Celtics with a tough-to-swallow two-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday at TD Garden, a 99-97 final. The C’s are now 18-20 on the season.
A driving layup by Dennis Schröder got the Celtics within two points with 1:05 left in the fourth quarter. Jock Landale’s errant pass, stolen by Brown, gave the Celtics a possession with 4.5 seconds left. Brown took a clean inbound pass and drove all the way to the rim, but his layup attempt missed by mere inches, slowly rolling off and out to end the game.
Brown scored 30 points on the night, shooting 12-for-25 from the floor. Jayson Tatum chipped in with 19, but shot poorly (6-for-20 overall). Brown led all scorers, but the Spurs’ starters outscored the Celtics’ 77-73.
The game was tightly contested throughout. San Antonio held the largest lead at only six points. The Spurs as a team edged the Celtics out in total field goals made (42-40), three-pointers made (10-9), and assists (20-19).
Boston has a quick turnaround after the loss. The Celtics are back in action on Thursday night in New York against the Knicks.