The Boston Celtics shot the ball better than 52 percent in the first quarter, the kind of numbers you would love to see on the road.
But there was a problem.
San Antonio connected on 65 percent of its first quarter shots which set the tone for the Spurs to take a 56-47 lead into the half.
After falling behind by as many as 11 points, the Celtics rallied in the second quarter with a 15-4 run that gave them a 43-42 lead with 3:34 to play in the half.
That would be as good as it would get for the Celtics with the Spurs closing out the half with a 14-2 run of their own.
Here are the first half Stars, Studs and Duds from tonight’s game.
The two-time Defensive Player of the Year was leading the way for the Spurs. He went into the half with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
The Celtics defensive stud this his part at the offensive end of the floor in the first half. He led all scorers with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
He made a couple baskets late in the shot clock, rebound and defend at a fairly high level in the first half for Boston. He has 10 points and three rebounds.
When the Spurs were rolling, Lee’s versatility had a lot to do with it. Although he only had four points in the first half, Lee had eight rebounds and two assists.
Ginobili provided a nice lift for the Spurs in the first quarter, in addition to making some timely plays for San Antonio before the half. After two quarters of play, he had 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting.
Despite San Antonio’s frontline being significantly weaker with LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) not playing, Horford was unable to do much work around the rim. He finished the half with four points on 2-for-8 shooting.