Saturday, February 11, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Spurs 103, Nets 89
By Mike Mazzeo
Recap | Box score | Photos
WHAT IT MEANS: Same Old Nets. Or rather, in the words of Deron Williams, "Same old story." The Nets got down big in the second quarter only to rally back in the third period, but the Spurs stepped on the accelerator and used their experience and a balanced attack to roll to a 103-89 victory on Saturday night at Prudential Center.
The Nets (8-21, 3-10 home), who shot 40.2 percent and trailed by as many as 21, have now lost six straight games. Six players scored in double-figures for the Spurs (19-9), who shot 52.5 percent and outscored the Nets, 50-34, in the paint.
TURNING POINT: The Nets missed eight of their first nine shots in the second quarter, went 0-for-6 from 3-point range and were outscored 31-18 as the Spurs took a 55-40 lead to the break. San Antonio shot 73.7 percent in the period. The Nets cut a 15-point deficit to six in the third, but the Spurs closed the quarter on a 15-3 run to take an 18-point lead into the fourth.
D-WILL: Williams poured in a game-high 27 points on 9-for-23 shooting and added eight assists and four rebounds.
THAT'S ALL FOLKS: Ex-Net Richard Jefferson scored seven points in 18 minutes in his final game in New Jersey.
START ME UP: Rookie MarShon Brooks started for the first time since Jan. 22, but in his second game back after missing six with a broken toe, he was rusty and struggled. The 23-year-old shooting went 2-for-10 from the field and finished with seven points.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: The Nets have started 13 different players this season. They fell to 0-2 when wearing their retro ABA throwback jerseys.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Kris Humphries' alley-oop dunk off a pass from Jordan Farmar late in the second quarter.
UP NEXT: Nets vs. Grizzlies, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.