Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Tuesday, January 10th
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Spurs96
Game 2: Friday, February 10th
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Nets73

Spurs 83

(39-10, 18-7 away)

Nets 73

(26-22, 16-7 home)

Coverage: FSSW

8:00 PM ET, February 10, 2006

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
SA 22 17 20 2483
NJ 16 26 10 2173

Top Performers

SA: M. Ginobili 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

NJ: J. Kidd 8 Pts, 13 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Spurs' defense suffocates Nets' offense in win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- In between runs to the bathroom, Tim Duncan had enough left to help San Antonio keep its own run alive and end New Jersey's.

Still affected by the flu-like symptoms that kept him out of the Spurs' last game, Duncan struggled early but made some key plays down the stretch as San Antonio beat New Jersey 83-73 Friday night to snap the Nets' 12-game home winning streak and prevent them from tying the franchise record.

Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker added 19 for the Spurs (39-10), who won their season-high eighth game in a row and have won 12 of their last 13.

Interspersed between his exits, Duncan scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter.

"It took him almost the whole game to feel comfortable with his shot," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He had to hit the bathroom about seven or eight times during the game. We tried not to play him too many minutes in a row, tried to pace him in between bathroom runs."

Duncan missed five of his first six shots to start the game, but helped the Spurs pull away in the final four minutes after running to the locker room during a timeout midway through the quarter.

With the Spurs up 69-66 in what had developed into a back-and-forth game, Duncan rebounded a miss by Parker and scored in the lane off a pass from Nick Van Exel with 4:12 left. A minute later, he rebounded a miss by Van Exel that led to Bruce Bowen's 3-pointer to extend the lead to eight. Duncan followed that with a bank shot that built the lead to 76-66.

"I made it through, that's all I can say," Duncan said after emerging from the trainer's room. "I didn't play a great game, but it was just good to be out there. I wasn't 100 percent, but I helped the team win and that's what it's all about."

Vince Carter led New Jersey (26-22) with 21 points, but shot 10-for-27 from the field. After shooting 18-for-37 (49 percent) and scoring 42 points in the first half, the Nets dropped to 34 percent (13-for-38) and scored just 31 points in the second half.

Bowen was particularly effective defending Carter, who went to the foul line just once in the game.

"He did a great job not fouling him and making him take some tough shots," Popovich said.

New Jersey trailed 59-52 to start the fourth quarter after shooting 3-for-17 in the third, but made six of its first eight shots while San Antonio went more than three minutes without a field goal. That allowed the Nets to go up 62-61, but it would be their last lead.

"They made us pay for turnovers with baskets at the other end," Carter said. "Offensive rebounds late hurt us. We fell apart a little bit. It was two entirely different halves."

New Jersey's last home loss had come against Charlotte on Dec. 14. During the streak, the Nets beat several of the NBA's top teams, including Cleveland, Detroit and Miami.

"We played against one of the top two or three teams in the league," said Richard Jefferson, who shot 4-for-12 and finished with 15 points. "We beat some very, very good teams during the streak. Now we have to try and continue our home dominance."

Game notes


Nets C Jason Collins was inactive with a thigh contusion suffered against New York on Wednesday ... Spurs F Fabricio Oberto (left ankle sprain) was inactive ... Duncan "hadn't done anything for the last four days" before Friday's game, according to Popovich, but was able to eat dinner Thursday and lunch Friday ... Nets F Clifford Robinson played in his 1,296th game, tying him for 10th place in NBA history with Mark Jackson, currently a Nets broadcaster ... San Antonio improved to 8-0 against Atlantic Division teams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SA
NJ
Points 83 73
FGM-FGA 33-75 (.440) 31-75 (.413)
3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 1-13 (.077)
FTM-FTA 10-13 (.769) 10-12 (.833)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-40 12-37
Assists 23 18
Turnovers 16 17
Steals 10 7
Blocks 10 4
Fast Break Points 7 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 12 5

Top Performers

San Antonio
New Jersey
Manu Ginobili Ginobili
Points: 22
Reb: 5
Ast: 3
Stl: 4
Blk: 0
Jason Kidd Kidd
Points: 8
Reb: 13
Ast: 7
Stl: 2
Blk: 1