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    Ginobili nails go-ahead triple as Spurs end Celtics four-game run, spoil Kyrie Irving's big game

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    Dec 9, 2017
    Manu Ginobili celebrates after hitting the triple that gave the win for the Spurs. AP

    MANU Ginobili nailed the go-ahead three as the San Antonio Spurs overcame another Kyrie Irving fourth-quarter takeover to escape with a 105-102 win and end the Boston Celtics four-game streak on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).

    Behind Irving’s 17 first-quarter points, the Celtics got off to a strong start, leading by as much as nine early on. But the Spurs battled back to take the lead in the third quarter before a back-and-forth battle ensued until the final buzzer.

    The Spurs got a 7-0 start in the fourth but Irving again took over in giving the Celtics a 102-100 lead at the 1:52 mark. LaMarcus Aldridge tied the game with a hook, then both teams traded misses before Manu Ginobili sank the backbreaking triple with five seconds left.

    Irving found himself wide open on the final shot but saw his game-tying triple rim out as the Spurs escaped with their third win in a row.

    Aldridge led the way for the Spurs (18-8) with 27 points and 10 rebounds, as Pau Gasol and Rudy Gay scored 15 and 14 markers, respectively. Ginobili and Tony Parker each finished with 11 points.

    Irving had a game-high 36 points for the Celtics (22-5). Jayson Tatum had 20 markers and Jaylen Brown added 15.

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    Manu Ginobili celebrates after hitting the triple that gave the win for the Spurs. AP
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