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Fast Break: Celtics vs. Spurs

12.03.09 at 11:22 pm ET

The Celtics and Spurs entered Thursday’s game on five-game winning streaks. At the end of a tense fourth quarter the Celtics came out on top, 90-83, while the Spurs hit a skid.

Kevin Garnett led all players with 20 points while Rajon Rondo orchestrated an all-around attack with 12 points and 12 assists. Paul Pierce had another quiet night, scoring eight points for the second straight game.

The Spurs received very little help from their starting lineup tonight. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker could not win this game alone and the rest of the first unit did little to help. Richard Jefferson scored just six points while while Antonio McDyess and Keith Bogans were scoreless.

Player of the game: His team may not have won but Spurs rookie DeJuan Blair made the biggest impact down the stretch. Blair was a steal at the 37th pick in this year’s draft and proved tonight that he was underestimated. His 18 points were the driving force behind the Spurs fourth quarter run and he showed no signs of intimidation going up against veterans Garnett and Rasheed Wallace. More importantly, he crashed the boards on both ends of the court. The Celtics grabbed just two offensive rebounds as a team while Blair grabbed five offensive and six defensive. Expect to see more of Blair this season.

Turning point: The Spurs cut the Celtics lead to four points late in the fourth and looked to draw even closer as Tony Parker drove the lane on a fastbreak with just over 22 seconds to go. Rondo reached in to strip the ball, which bounced out of bounds off of Parker’s leg. The Celtics regained possession and the Spurs were forced to put them on the line.

– Garnett hit his stride and nailed shot after shot from mid-range (9-15 FG). He added seven rebounds and committed zero turnovers.

– The Spurs shot just 7-for-17 from the free throw line. The Celtics hit 14-of-19.

– The Celtics were outrebounded 55-32. Duncan had 15 boards to Kendrick Perkins seven.

– Rasheed Wallace was a reliable force off the Celtics bench. He posted 13 points, including 3-for-5 three-point shooting.

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