Celts Make Furious Comeback but Fall Short Against Spurs

Spurs hold on, beat Celtics 87-86 for 9th in a row

By JIMMY GOLEN
AP Sports Writer
      BOSTON (AP) – Tim Duncan had 10 points and 16 rebounds and the
San Antonio Spurs recovered after blowing a 17-point, first-half
lead to beat the Boston Celtics 87-86 on Wednesday night for their
ninth consecutive victory.

      Duncan also stopped Paul Pierce on the final play, forcing him
into a fallaway jumper that bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

      Danny Green scored 14 points, and Gary Neal had 13, including a
3-pointer with 2 minutes left that gave the Spurs the lead after
Boston went on a 13-4 run to move in front.

      Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists for Boston, which had
won five in a row.
     

     
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