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Sport Celtics roll over Spurs for seventh straight win

03:05  10 november  2019
03:05  10 november  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

After pre-game talk, Kemba Walker walks the walk

  After pre-game talk, Kemba Walker walks the walk The new point guard came to life in the second half and showed what he — and the Celtics — might be capable of this season.Walker let his game do the talking at TD Garden when it mattered most, and it spoke volumes about the type of player the Celtics have as they pick up the pieces of the post-Kyrie Irving era. Brad Stevens’s latest franchise point guard found his game in the fourth, scoring half of his 22 points to help the Celtics christen the parquet for 2019-20 with a 112-106 victory over the new-look, defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

BOSTON -- Eight players, in double figures, no player over 28 minutes, suffocating defense generating 23 turnovers and a little bit of Gino time. Yah, you

The Celtics got their fifth- straight win against the San Antonio Spurs , 108-94. Kyrie Irving had his third- straight game of scoring 24 points.

SAN ANTONIO — The Celtics played the second half of Saturday evening’s game in an effective daze, able to race past the San Antonio Spurs, 135-115, for their first win at AT&T Center since 2011. Yet, they were lamenting the loss of surging forward Gordon Hayward, who fractured his left hand in the second period.

Kemba Walker celebrates with Gordon Hayward after hitting a first-quarter shot. Hayward fractured his left hand in the second quarter.© Darren Abate Kemba Walker celebrates with Gordon Hayward after hitting a first-quarter shot. Hayward fractured his left hand in the second quarter.

BOX SCORE: CELTICS 135, SPURS 115

Hayward, two games removed from scoring his career high, sustained the injury when he collided with San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, who turned his back to set a screen on Hayward. Hayward appeared to fracture the hand when he reached out and bent his arm back as he ran into Aldridge.

Aldridge's season-high 39 lead Spur past Thunder 121-112

  Aldridge's season-high 39 lead Spur past Thunder 121-112 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dejounte Murray had been making himself miserable in the film room. Watching turnover after turnover, he promised Spurs teammate LaMarcus Aldridge things were going to change against Oklahoma City on Thursday night. Aldridge was the benefactor of Murray's improved play at point guard, scoring a season-high 39 points to help San Antonio roll over the Thunder 121-112. "I tell him every day, you're too great of a player to just go missing in action," Murray said. "It's on me being a point guard and the rest of the team. We've got to make sure a guy like that is well-involved early from the jump.

Lillard scored seven straight Portland points to get the host as close as 115-112 with 40.4 seconds to go, but Irving countered with a 9-footer with 17.8 Nikola Vucevic recorded 23 points and 16 rebounds as a dominant fourth quarter powered the Orlando Magic to a 118-86 win over the visiting Memphis

The San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak with a 109-83 win over the lowly New York Knicks in the NBA. San Antonio made it seven The Spurs now sit sixth in the Western Conference and could move higher in the coming weeks if their form continues. Randle enjoys career-high night.

The two collided again with Hayward hitting the left hand again. Aldridge was called for an illegal screen and Hayward headed immediately to the locker room, favoring the hand. X-rays revealed a fracture.

Hayward missed all but five minutes of the 2017-18 season with a fractured left leg. He spent last season still trying to recover mentally and physically from the injury but started to show signs of his previous form in the Celtics’ first seven games this season.

It’s uncertain how much time he will miss. Surgery could be an option depending on the extent of the fracture. But it’s likely to be several weeks before Hayward returns.

The Celtics moved forward and earned their first win in San Antonio of the Brad Stevens era, as Jaylen Brown scored a season-high 30 points and Robert Williams continued his improvement, scoring 11 points with 7 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.

Gordon Hayward exits Saturday's game vs. Spurs with left hand fracture

  Gordon Hayward exits Saturday's game vs. Spurs with left hand fracture Gordon Hayward exits Saturday's game vs. Spurs with left hand fracture#NEBHInjuryReport Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a left hand fracture after an x-ray examination and is out for the remainder of tonight’s game against San Antonio.

With the Celtics purposely fouling center DeAndre Jordan, Boston got as close as 11, but the Clippers cut the comeback short and won their seventh The win capped a three-game sweep of an Eastern swing that saw Los Angeles (49-25) drub the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers and Celtics by a

Boston Celtics ' Kevin Garnett drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs ' Matt Boner. SAN ANTONIO — Playing sparingly in his first game in a Beno Udrih added 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Kings, who had lost five straight overall and were two games away from a

Boston led for the final 43:52 of the game after recovering from a 7-0 deficit. Kemba Walker added 26 points while Marcus Smart hit four first-half 3-pointers and sparked the Celtics with 16.

■ The Celtics’ defense on Aldridge was stellar. He finished with 3 points on 1-for-4 shooting after dropping 48 on Boston in their previous meeting at TD Garden. Aldridge’s lone basket was a putback of a Rudy Gay missed layup. He got nothing on his patented step-back fadeaway jumper.

■ It was a great start for Brown, who had missed three games with an illness and infection before returning Thursday against Charlotte. He scored 12 first-period points, including the first 7 to spark the Celtics early. It was going to take at least a full game for Brown to get back into shape and rhythm but he appeared to find it Saturday.

■ The Celtics can’t wait for Enes Kanter to return from his knee injury, not only because they want his skill set but it will finally allow Stevens to devise a center rotation. The team is probably playing Daniel Theis more than it wants to while Williams appears to be the only backup Stevens trusts. Vincent Poirier, signed to a two-year deal from France, hasn’t been part of the rotation.

Gordon Hayward expected to miss 6 weeks after hand surgery

  Gordon Hayward expected to miss 6 weeks after hand surgery Gordon Hayward expected to miss 6 weeks after hand surgeryHayward suffered the injury when he collided with San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge in the second quarter of Saturday’s Celtics win. He entered the game averaging 20.3 points on 56/44/84 shooting splits to go along with 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 33.5 minutes a game.

WASHINGTON — The Celtics won their seventh consecutive game with Wednesday night’s 130-125 overtime decision over the Wizards. More precisely, they won six straight and survived this one. It would be easy to say the Bostonians had it tough because they were missing some key rotation

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■ Smart has always been comfortable shooting the 3-pointer but hasn’t always been efficient. This season he appears to be more efficient although he’s shooting only 32.6 percent. But that confidence allows him to keep shooting and he canned four in the first half, forcing the Spurs defense to spread the floor and enabling more Celtics’ drives.

■ Williams is feeling more comfortable with increased playing time. He is becoming the rim protector the Celtics envisioned, blocking five shots through three quarters while his teammates use him as a luxury with the alley-oop. He scored on back-to-back alley-oops in the third quarter, the first a soaring one-handed jam and the second a no-look reverse layup.

Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GwashburnGlobe.

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Celtics star Kemba Walker leaves court on stretcher with concussion-like symptoms .
In a scary scene, Kemba Walker collided head-first with teammate Semi Ojeleye, but the team said all scans and tests came back with positive results. "I saw him in the ambulance at halftime," Stevens said. "He had his wherewithal about him. He was in decent spirits, which is good."Late Friday night, the Celtics said Walker was released from the hospital to travel home with the team. He will be re-evaluated Saturday in Boston.Walker had zero points on 0-of-3 shooting with three rebounds and two assists before leaving. He entered Friday's game averaging a team-high 22.6 points a game with 4.9 rebounds and 4.

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