Boston Celtics defeat San Antonio Spurs, 90-83

The Celtics are proving to be a tough out as a road team and they dominated the San Antonio Spurs for most of the game before a rally cut the Boston lead to three.

Boston proved a few things in its 90-83 win: it is a fine defensive team, it doesn't need major contributions from all of the Big Three to win and Rajon Rondo is becoming an elite point guard.

Rondo collected 12 assists to go with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals and his defense on Tony Parker down the stre...

It’s been two seasons since the Spurs dusted the Cavaliers for their fourth NBA title in nine years. The Spurs not only were accustomed to winning, they used their highly effective model of roster building to play deep into June annually.

While the 2007-08 version lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals - not a shabby follow-up to an NBA title - last season’s Spurs were taken out by the Mavericks in the first round, leading to major uncertainty as to whether...

The Celtics should not be expected to win many games against elite competition when Paul Pierce fails to produce double-figure scoring and they are outrebounded, 55-32.

But the Celtics took a 90-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night, setting the pace early in winning their sixth straight.

The Celtics had a 5-4 lead on a Pierce 3-pointer 2:34 into the contest and never relinquished their advantage. But Pierce would convert only once more from the field in f...

Kendrick Perkins was all ears as teammate Kevin Garnett offered some loud advice in the final seconds of the Celtics’ 90-83 win over the Spurs last night.

“He was talking a lot, I was just listening,’’ Perkins said. “It did help. I was kind of close to getting a technical.’’

Asked if Garnett was a calming influence, Perkins said, “Yeah. It didn’t look like it, right?’’

Perkins had a strong defensive performance against Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess. But in the la...