Mills fires, but Celtics too strong
PATTY Mills had 20 points for San Antonio Spurs, but even the loss of Gordon Hayward because of injury could not prevent the Boston Celtics recording a comprehensive 135-115 NBA win yesterday.
Jaylen Brown scored 30 points and Kemba Walker added 26 as the Boston Celtics overcame a first-half injury to Hayward to reach a season high in points.
Jayson Tatum had 19 points, Marcus Smart had 16 and Robert Williams III chipped in 11 as the Celtics won their seventh straight game to improve to 7-1. It was their first at San Antonio since 2011 and just their second victory over the Spurs (5-4) in their past 16 meetings.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points to top score for the hosts while Australian guard Mills connected on seven of his 12 shots from the field, including three of six from beyond the arc. LaMarcus Aldridge was held to three points, taking just four shots from the field in 26 minutes. Hayward fractured his left hand when he ran into Aldridge while guarding Dejounte Murray with 1:34 minutes left before halftime. Aldridge was assessed an offensive foul.
Hayward quickly exited to the locker room and did not return to the game. Despite the injury, Boston led by 18 at the half before the Spurs inched within 12 after the long break.
But the Celtics took a 104-91 advantage into the final quarter and were never headed.