Mills fires, but Celtics too strong

Mercury (Hobart) - - BASKETBALL -

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.

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