SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Celtics 104-93 Wednesday night, winning their eighth in a row overall, remaining undefeated at home and handing Boston its fifth loss in a row.
Kawhi Leonard had 16 points and Tim Duncan rebounded from a poor outing in San Antonio's previous home game to score 13 points. Boris Diaw had 12 points, Tiago Splitteradded 11 points and 10 rebounds and Danny Green 11 points for the Spurs (10-1).
There were 10 lead changes and 14 ties in the first half, as neither team was able to sustain any momentum. The Celtics, blown out in Houston on Tuesday night, kept it much closer against the Spurs.
San Antonio was able to pull away midway through the third quarter behind strong individual efforts by Leonard, Parker and Manu Ginobili.
Leonard keyed the resurgence, scoring 10 of 12 points, including a 3-pointer that put San Antonio ahead 61-52.
Parker made two dazzling layups, first presenting the ball with his right hand to draw a defender out of the lane and spinning back for a layup between defenders and then spinning away from a defender in the lane for a layup on the right side of the basket.
Ginobili literally wrapped a pass around a defender, tossing behind around a charging Brandon Bass to find Diaw cutting to the basket for a layup. Ginobili finished with five points and six assists.
After scoring only two points in the Spurs' previous home game against Washington, Duncan made the game's first two baskets as the team targeted him early. He finished 3 for 13, but was 7 for 8 on free throws while also grabbing nine rebounds.
NOTES: San Antonio is tied with Indiana for the league's best record, but its victories have come against teams with a combined winning percentage of .408 entering Wednesday's games. Only two the Spurs' wins have come against teams above .500. Their only loss was against Portland, which is 10-2 after defeating Milwaukee. ... Boston's Keith Bogans was not with the team due to an undisclosed illness. ... San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was issued a technical foul with 4 minutes left in the game after haranguing referee David Guthrie continually for a lack of calls. Popovich smiled, appearing amused by the technical. ... The Big Three of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have played 629 games together, which is the most amongst active teammates and fifth all-time. The trio surpassed Derek Harper, Brad Davis and Rolando Blackman of the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and trail the leading trio of Robert Parrish, Kevin McHale and Larry Bird by 100 games played together.