Spurs Top Celtics 96-88

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Boston Celtics, 96-88 on Friday night. Dejounte Murray led the way for the Spurs with a career-high tying 29 points, along with 11 rebounds and 6 assists, while Derrick White added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in the victory. Jayson Tatum tallied 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Celtics.

Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich

(opening statement…)

“I’m proud of their effort. It’s a group that’s always working. The great thing about the win was that, I think, we only made six threes. The grunt that they showed, the aggressiveness and the desire were off the charts. I’m thrilled for them to be able to enjoy this. They took a big hit. Boston did great coming back and taking the lead. We got a little discombobulated, but we hung tough, and they kept playing for the whole 48 [minutes]. So, really proud of them and happy for them.”

(on maintaining the early lead…)

“Quite often in the NBA, leads always dissipate. As a team, we only turned it over three times in the second half. Dejounte was a great leader tonight. We wanted to keep the ball in his hand more tonight. He did that. He’s starting to feel comfortable with running the show.”

Spurs Guard Dejounte Murray

(On the team learning …)

“Yeah, every single game. Every practice, every game, every film session is a learning session for this team. As you can see, it’s our first season really starting a whole new thing. Pop and the rest of the organization is used to having a bunch of veteran guys who have been here a long time. Everything is just a learning session. We just got to continue to stay together and just grow.”

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