Boston Celtics defeat San Antonio Spurs, 98-90

One big question Celtics coach Doc Rivers had entering this season was how his bench would perform in a time of need.

As of late, it has given him a positive response.

The Celtics are 5-2 in the seven games Kevin Garnett has missed with an abdominal strain. They defeated the reigning NBA champion Spurs, 98-90, Sunday without two starters (center Kendrick Perkins was out with a left shoulder strain). The bench is helping the team win now, and the Celtics are hoping it ca...

There was a big road win against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The home victory over the Mavericks wasn't bad either. But with their three tallest players out, the Celtics might have earned their most impressive victory this season against the reigning NBA champion Spurs yesterday.

Without starting big men Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics defeated San Antonio, 98-90, in a nationally televised matinee at a sold-out TD Banknorth Garden. Boston is a surprising...

The Spurs, or what's left of them, made their annual visit to Boston yesterday. The Celtics, or what's left of them, ended a home losing streak to San Antonio that stretched to Jan. 8, 1997, when Tim Duncan still was enjoying the pleasures of Wake Forest, Tony Parker was a teenager, and Bruce Bowen was league-hopping three times, including a stop in renowned hoop hotbed Besancon, France (he somehow averaged 25.5 points a game there; that is not a misprint.)

And, as alwa...