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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Spurs 113, Nets 92

By Mike Mazzeo

It was deja vu all over again in San Antonio. For the second consecutive year, the Brooklyn Nets were blown out by the Spurs at AT&T Center on New Year’s Eve. The final: Spurs 113, Nets 92.

WHAT IT MEANS: Two different organizations heading in two different directions as 2013 ends and 2014 begins. While the Spurs continue to be a model of consistency, the Nets have become, in the words of former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy, “a bush-league organization.” Brooklyn (10-21), which has lost six of its past seven games, showed little resistance in San Antonio, allowing the Spurs (25-7) to impose their will and turn the game into a rout from the opening tip.

Deron Williams (nine points on 4-for-11 shooting), who felt like he needed to be more aggressive, was again severely outplayed by Tony Parker (18 points, six assists). Williams appeared to tweak his ankle after converting a driving layup and landing awkwardly in the second quarter. He checked out of the game but returned later.

Kevin Garnett didn’t do much (0-for-5 shooting). Joe Johnson (nine points) got in early foul trouble. Paul Pierce (13 points) had a couple buckets, but the Nets were outscored by 23 in his 29 minutes on the floor.

The Spurs outshot the Nets 51.3 percent to 44 percent. Brooklyn trailed by as many as 32 points.

0.2 SECONDS LEFT: The Nets thought the game was over -- the clock did read 0:00 -- so they left the court and headed into the locker room. But they still had to inbound the ball. It took what felt like forever, but eventually Brooklyn did get five players back on the floor, inbounded the ball and the final buzzer sounded.

REGULAR-SEASON DOMINANCE: The Nets have lost 11 straight in San Antonio and are 1-20 in their past 21 against the Spurs overall.

RETURN OF AK-47: Andrei Kirilenko, returning following a 25-game absence due to back spasms, logged 11 minutes. He moved well. He scored four points. He brought intensity.

OOPS: Comedy ensued in the third quarter when Tim Duncan missed a shot in close, but Mason Plumlee (15 points, 13 rebounds), who actually played really well, accidentally tipped the ball in the basket as he was trying to grab the rebound.

0-FER: The Nets are 0-19 when trailing after three quarters and 0-16 when giving up more than 100 points.

UP NEXT: Nets at Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night