LaMarcus Aldridge’s 48 lead Spurs past skidding Celtics

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis, from left, sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Boston, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Two nights after the San Antonio Spurs had no answer for James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge assumed a similarly unstoppable role against the Boston Celtics.Aldridge had 48 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio ran past Boston 115-96 on Sunday, giving the short-handed Celtics their fourth straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT View comments It was the latest frustrating outing for the Celtics (43-31), who held an extended players-only meeting after the game. The locker room wasn’t opened to reporters until more than 30 minutes after the final buzzer.“Winning’s hard. Team environments are hard,” Irving said. “It’s not as simple as listening to everybody else speak about what’s going on with the team. … Nobody’s been in my position. Nobody here. So I don’t expect anybody to understand that. Nobody can speak on it.“For me, my focus is figuring out, the guys I have in this locker room, is how to get the best out of them and them get the best out of me.”Coach Brad Stevens was also delayed before speaking with reporters. He said he opened the floor for players to offer insights into their current struggles, but said it wasn’t uncharacteristic for him to seek such input.“There’s some frustration in there,” Stevens said. “We don’t need to ride the emotional rollercoaster. We need to get a lot better.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Antonio led by 16 less than two minutes into the fourth, and the lead grew as high as 25 in the final period.The Spurs allowed 61 points to Harden in the loss to Houston, the most points scored against San Antonio during Gregg Popovich’s tenure as coach.Popovich’s team seemed unfazed by that setback.Aldridge connected on eight of his first 12 shots against Boston. He had 20 points less than 10 minutes in and finished the half with 25 to help San Antonio take a 54-47 lead.Boston’s defense had little for Aldridge, who finished 20 of 31 from the field in 37 minutes. He was pulled with 1:35 remaining after picking up his fifth foul.“We just need it, Aldridge said. “It’s winning time. It’s getting close to playoff time, every game is going to have playoff intensity or implications. It’s just a win that we needed tonight.”TIP-INSSpurs: It was Aldridge’s seventh career 40-point game. … He has 27 double-doubles on the season. … Had 32 assists and just eight turnovers.Celtics: Smart’s 14 points was the fewest points for a Boston leading scorer in a game this season. … Connected on just 40 percent of their field goal attempts (38 of 94). … Irving’s 18 games of 10-plus assists are the most by a Celtics player since Rajon Rondo had 27 such games in 2012-13. … Signed C Greg Monroe to a 10-day contract.INJURY UPDATEScenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving UP ‘mentally stronger’ after 1st round losses, says Tots Carlos The Spurs have won 10 of 12 to strengthen their grip on a Western Conference playoff spot. San Antonio (43-31) is eighth in the conference, a half-game behind Oklahoma City and Utah, after rebounding well from a tough loss to Houston on Friday night.Aldridge had his second-highest scoring output of the season. He scored 56 points on Jan. 10 against the Thunder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I just tried to play,” Aldridge said. “Last game I couldn’t play. They doubled me the whole game. I just had to try to find my rhythm. Tonight, they let me play 1-on-1 and I loved it.”Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 14 points. Kyrie Irving had 11 points and 12 assists, but was just 5 of 17 from the field. Irving left the game briefly and went to the locker room in the first quarter with an injury to his left hand, but returned and played the rest of the way with tape on his left ring finger. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director Boston got Gordon Hayward back from a concussion and Aron Baynes returned after missing a game with a left ankle sprain. Jayson Tatum (back contusion), Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Robert Williams III (back soreness) all remained sidelined for a team that trails fourth-place Indiana by two games in the East standings.UP NEXTSpurs: At Charlotte on Tuesday.Celtics: At Cleveland on Tuesday. LATEST STORIES MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img

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