Sunday, February 10, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Spurs 111, Nets 86
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets played what Gerald Wallace called “typical Nets basketball” and got blown out of their building by the best team in the NBA.
The San Antonio Spurs, playing without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, annihilated the Nets for the second time this season, 111-86, on Sunday night at Barclays Center.
The capacity crowd booed the home team as the Spurs’ lead grew to as many as 25 in the fourth quarter, and began heading for the exits with about four minutes left.
Brooklyn (28-22) has now lost six of nine, and dropped to 11-20 against .500 or better teams (at time of game played).
The Nets were outscored 60-29 in the second half, and allowed the Spurs (40-12) to shoot 58.9 percent overall.
Tony Parker abused Brooklyn with his drives in the paint, scoring 29 points while dishing out 11 assists. Parker is 8-6 since the start of the 2002-03 season when Duncan and Ginobili don’t play.
Joe Johnson (19 points), Brook Lopez (18 points, nine rebounds) and Deron Williams (15 points, three assists) had nice stat lines, but didn’t play as the numbers indicated.
The Nets are 1-19 in their past 20 against the Spurs. San Antonio outscored Brooklyn by a combined 56 points in its two victories over the Nets this season.
CH-CH-CHANGES: Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo shortened his rotation, going with Kris Humphries and Keith Bogans while sitting MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic (at least until the game got out of hand). Humphries, 5-for-25 from the field since Jan. 21, went 4-for-7 on Sunday night and scored eight points in 20 minutes while grabbing seven rebounds.
THIRD QUARTER DOMINATION: The Spurs outscored the Nets 30-14 in the third quarter, turning an eight-point deficit into a 10-point lead heading into the fourth. In two games against Brooklyn, San Antonio won the third quarter, 60-19.
ON SECOND THOUGHT: The Nets had been outscored 111-61 in their previous four second quarters, but survived a mostly bad second on Sunday night because Johnson had a couple buckets late. San Antonio outscored Brooklyn 26-22, but it could’ve been worse.
HOT START: The Nets led 35-25 after the first quarter. It was the second-most points Brooklyn scored in any first quarter this season. The Nets shot 63.6 percent in the opening 12 minutes and got 23 points from their big three -- including 10 points from Lopez along with five rebounds and two assists.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE? Thierry Henry and John Flaherty.
UP NEXT: Nets at Pacers on Monday night at 7 p.m.