Parish Goes for 18, 16, 2 in Loss to Spurs

Boston Falls to 15-4
1990-91 Boston Celtics
Remembering the 29-5 Start

He didn't dominate, but Robert Parish wasn't exactly a still life, either.

Mano-a-mano, you'd have to rate Summit Meeting I as a draw. But Parish's team lost -- and that's all he cared to think about.

Parish had 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 blocked shots last night in his first meeting with David Robinson. The Spurs center had 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. San Antonio won, 102-96.

"People ask me if David Robinson will become a great player," Parish said. "Understand this, he already is."

Still, Parish continued his recent roll, though he came up a basket shy of scoring 20 for the fifth straight game. Still, in that span, he is averaging 22.6 points and 13.4 rebounds while shooting 60 percent.

He also is averaging slightly more than 16 shots a game in this span after taking that many shots only once all season. Of his 67 rebounds, 24 have been off the offensive glass, which leads to second shots.

Summit Meeting II is tomorrow night in Houston. And coach Chris Ford decided to give his team a "mental day," which meant no practice. Among those most grateful was the 37-year-old Parish.

Larry Bird had another subpar shooting night (5 for 17) and now is shooting 41.5 percent on the road. In the last seven road games, he is at 36.5 percent (38 for 104) . . . The streak is over. The Celtics had won 11 straight in San Antonio before last night. They are now 11-3 in the Alamo City in the Bird era . . . This wasn't a night to brag about the Boston depth. The bench produced a total of 12 points, all by Kevin McHale. Dee Brown went 0 for 2 in 9 minutes and Joe Kleine was 0 for 2 in 8. San Antonio wasn't much better, getting 13 points from its reserves . . . This marked only the second time all season the Celtics have failed to score 100 points. The other time was the 119-91 blowout in Milwaukee . . . Boston is now 3-3 in games against teams that were above .500 at the time

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