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Nets pull away to take care of short-handed Spurs

Feb 6, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT

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A Spurs team without many of its stars can still prove difficult for opponents to deal with, in large part because of the way San Antonio consistently stacks its team with players perfectly suited to perform in the highly-disciplined system engineered by tenured head coach Gregg Popovich.

That was true for a while in Thursday night’s contest against the Nets, but ultimately Brooklyn was able to exploit the matchups to come away with the 103-89 victory.

San Antonio was without Tony Parker due to a back issue, and Tim Duncan simply got the night off to rest after the team’s double-overtime win in Washington on Wednesday. Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard remained out due to injury, leaving a crew devoid of any star power or historically consistent level of production to tackle a Nets team playing at close to full strength.

Brooklyn was sluggish in the early going, falling behind by as many as 12 points in the first quarter. They began to pick things up late in the second, closing the half on a 10-2 run to take a one-point lead at the break.

The Nets kept rolling in the third, expanding their lead to 10 before the Spurs stabilized and battled back some. Alan Anderson then took control offensively, scoring nine points in the final 2:27 of the third, and then continuing his personal attack with 10 more in the final period to help his team pull away. Anderson finished with a game-high 22 points.

There aren’t many takeaways from this game on the Spurs side, other than guys like Nando de Colo and Corey Joseph essentially getting a D-League game’s worth of minutes, only against real competition under the tutelage of one of the game’s best coaches. San Antonio has this luxury, as the health of the team for the playoffs is more important than any singular regular season outing.

The Nets, meanwhile, need every win they can get after getting off to such a rough start. This one was far from perfect, and there will be plenty of teaching points for Jason Kidd to point to in the coming days if he so chooses. But the victory, no matter how it came and against whatever level of competition was in front of them, will be cherished nonetheless.

  1. rohlo - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    prepare all you homer spurms fans!! this is what your team will be when duncan and parker are gone within 2 years… its ok you will still be able to blame the refs and the nba for any losses along the way like you all always do!!!

    • Kevin S. - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:16 AM

      Yeah, the Spurs certainly aren’t going to do anything with the $20+ million in salary that’ll be freed up once they retire.

      • rohlo - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        NO big time free agents wanna go to san is a boring city …how many times can you go to the river walk and the alamo???there is no endorsement deals and extra media deals coming out of the alamo city.. face it ,SA is not a a major market,it is not an international type of city.its a texas vacation city and most of the rest of the usa could care less about san antonio as a destination.ive stayed there for months and have friends who have lived there for decades .i also know alot of people that have left the city being from there who claim the city is very slow..that is for sure not a selling point with todays nba players. the spurs got lucky when d robinson was injured and lucked out in the lottery getting duncan… the front office is good,but imo spurs will never be to the status they have been over the last 10+ years again! FYI i live in so cal now and i hate the lakers and LA teams.being around san diego state and their basketball program i have met kawhi leonard on several occasions while he was at sdsu and a few times in the offseason clubbing in san diego..once he hits free agency he is gone! he wants to go to a big market team and is nto a big fan of san antonio as a city..just remeber that when he leaves as a free agent!!!

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Didn’t you know that that cap space will just disappear into the night sky with Duncan?

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        You are so damn wrong about San Antonio. What are you a peabrain New Yawk loser like cantonpeabrain?

      • Kevin S. - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        If you knew even a iota about the NBA you’d realize a savvy organization like the Spurs doesn’t need to sign mega free agents to effectively use cap space.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Parker is only 31.
      Duncan and Ginobili will retire in 2 years because they’re 37 and 36 years old, but Parker will still be around.

      • zerole00 - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        Parker’s a young 31 as well (as opposed to say Wade). Pop has managed his minutes well throughout his career.

  2. truesportsjunkie - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    When these 2 teams play, they may as well televise the game in black and white.

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