Tyler Zeller

With big lift from rookie Bertans, Spurs top Boston 109-103

The trade that brought Kawhi Leonard to San Antonio was already a success for the Spurs, even before throw-in Davis Bertans began contributing.

The Latvian rookie set a career high in scoring for the second straight game, pitching in 15 of the Spurs' 56 bench points on Friday to help San Antonio beat the Boston Celtics 109-103 for their eighth straight victory.

"Our first group was still in bed," Spurs coach Greg Popovich said after watching his team fall behind 14 points in the first quarter in the matinee start. "That's why I took them off the court. It was hard to watch."

Leonard had 25 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio, but that's not...