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BSJ Game Report: Spurs 105, Celtics 102 — A hard-fought thriller

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Everything you need to know about the Spurs’ 105-102 win over the Celtics in quickie form.

HEADLINE

Headgear crew puts up a valiant fight: Kyrie Irving (36 points) played his last game in a mask while Jaylen Brown (15 points) sported protective goggles for the first time to protect his inflamed eye. The starting backcourt combined for 51 points on 20-of-31 shooting, which nearly led the Celtics to a gritty road win over one of the best teams in the Western Conference.    

Manu turns back the clock: The veteran guard scored just 11 points in the win off the bench but changed the game with a pair of 3-pointers at the end of the second and fourth quarter. Both were heavily contested go-ahead baskets and the second one ultimately proved to be the game-winner.

TURNING POINT