The Boston Celtics have once again proven their dominance in the NBA with a commanding 134-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. This win marks their sixth consecutive triumph, showcasing their strong team dynamic and effective strategy.
Jayson Tatum led the charge with 25 points, closely followed by Jaylen Brown's 24, underlining the depth of talent within the Celtics roster. Boston coach Joe Mazzulla credited the team's defensive prowess for their success.
“We got stops,” Mazzulla said. “I thought we were really good at doing both, protecting the paint and getting out to contest, which allowed us to get out in transition”.This approach has been a key factor in the Celtics' recent wins and their impressive 12-2 record in December.
Spurs' Struggle Against Celtics' Might
Despite a valiant effort from the Spurs, they could not match the Celtics' intensity. Devin Vassell scored 22 points and Victor Wembanyama added 21 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to challenge Boston’s formidable lineup.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich acknowledged the Celtics' caliber, describing them as a “championship-caliber team” with a commendable blend of talent and determination. San Antonio faced significant challenges, trailing by as much as 37 points and never leading in the game.
Their struggle was exacerbated by the absence of Zach Collins and Keldon Johnson due to injuries, hindering their offensive capabilities. The Spurs have lost seven of their last eight games, a stark contrast to Boston's ascending trajectory.
Wembanyama, the 7-foot-3 rookie, provided some bright moments for the Spurs, including a reverse slam and a one-handed dunk that left the Celtics' Derrick White in awe.
“I’m not an idiot,” White said, expressing his amazement at Wembanyama's athleticism.Boston's defensive strategy was particularly effective, limiting San Antonio to one offensive rebound in the first half and maintaining a significant advantage in total rebounds. The Celtics' balanced attack saw six players scoring in double figures, further emphasizing their cohesive team play.
However, these highlights were not enough to sway the game's outcome.