January 1, 2019 / 2:45 AM / 5 months ago

Spurs take off in 3rd quarter, fly by Celtics

Derrick White and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 21 points in the third quarter Monday night as the host San Antonio Spurs, after being held to 46 points in the first half, exploded for 46 in the third period alone to rally past the Boston Celtics 120-111.

Aldridge totaled 32 points to go with nine rebounds as the Spurs, who trailed by as many as 12 points as they struggled offensively in the first half, recorded their seventh consecutive home victory over the Celtics.

Jaylen Brown scored 30 points on 10-for-15 shooting off the bench for the Celtics, who haven’t won at San Antonio since March 2011.

The Spurs trailed 52-46 at halftime before Patty Mills sank a pair of 3-pointers and teammates White, Davis Bertans and Marco Belinelli hit one apiece during the 46-point explosion that produced a 92-82 lead.

Six of Aldridge’s 10 points in the flurry came on a pair of three-point plays.

The Celtics got no closer than seven in the fourth quarter.

White finished with 22 points for San Antonio, which was playing the opener of a three-game homestand.

Bertans had 17 points, Bryn Forbes 15, DeMar DeRozan 13 and Mills 11 for the Spurs, who shot 49.5 percent overall and outscored the Celtics 42-33 on 3-pointers.

DeRozan completed a double-double with a game-high 10 assists.

Jayson Tatum recorded a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Celtics, who went 1-2 on a trip to Houston, Memphis and San Antonio, winning the middle game.

Marcus Morris had 18 points, Kyrie Irving 16 along with eight assists and Terry Rozier 15 for Boston, which shot 48.9 percent.

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