On Monday night, the Spurs defeated the Nets by a final score of 104-73 at AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The Skinny: The Spurs opened the game with their patented pick and roll and Tim Duncan found wide open cutters going to the basket three times to allow the Spurs to take a 12-11 lead early on. The Nets made a concerted effort to force the ball to Brook Lopez, nine points, and midway through the first he got Duncan his second foul. Spurs started 7-for-9 and got to the rim over and over again. Spurs had eight layups in the first quarter to take their biggest lead at 31-22 after one.
The Nets allowed the Spurs to take an 11 point lead early in the second with more points in the paint. Kris Humphries came on to give the Nets some energy with six quick points. The Nets came back with a 11-to-2 run to bring the deficit to 38-35 Spurs. Joe Johnson showed his offensive game in the second with seven points and ended the half with 12 points. Tony Parker led all scorers at half with 15 points. The Spurs shot a solid 65% and won the points in paint battle 38-18 to lead 55-47 at half.
The third quarter started the same way as the first half did with the Spurs scoring eight straight points, all in the paint, to take their biggest lead of 16. The Spurs were a step quicker in the third and stretched their lead to 26 with a 25-to-2 run that started in the second. The Nets made 1 out of their first 17 shots in the quarter and ended 2-20 with seven turnovers to go down 85-52 at the end of three.
The Nets brought in their entire bench to start the fourth and it did no good as they made no headway and went down 95-63 with five minutes to play. The Spurs built the lead to 34 points in the fourth and the game ended 104-73.
Key Stats: The Nets scored a franchise low five points in the entire third quarter and their previous franchise low was seven points in a quarter.
Who Was Hot: Tony Parker had 20 points and six assists in 25 limited minutes to lead the Spurs rout.
Who Was Not: Deron Williams was 3-for-11 from the field with one assist and two turnovers.
Fun Fact: Brooklyn’s last road win over the Spurs was on June 6, 2003, in Game 2 of the NBA finals. San Antonio has now prevailed in 18 of the last 19 regular-season matchups after tonight.
John PaolantonioThe Spurs came out and went to the basket over and over on the Nets poor pick and roll defense and Tony Parker had a field day in the first half with 15. The Nets tried to keep up with the Spurs and hit 4-for-8 behind the arc to stay in the game through the first 24 minutes. The 38-18 points in the paint lead told the first half story for the Spurs.
The Nets had no answer for the Spurs all night long and it was a debacle on defense. The Spurs 35-5 run between the second and third quarters was a mixture of Nets ineptitude and Spurs execution. The Spurs were methodical in the way they ran their offense all night long and whoever they brought in made plays.
The Nets need to forget this game quickly as they now head to Oklahoma City on Wednesday to take on the Thunder.