CEDRIC HANCOCK | SportingAlert.com
Published on Dec. 31, 2012 10:25 p.m. CST . 0 comment
SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) – Tony Parker scored 20 points and Tim Duncan added 15 and the San Antonio Spurs beat Brooklyn 104-73 to hand the Nets its first defeat under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo on Monday night.
Nando de Colo had 11 points and Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Matt Bonner all contributed 10 points apiece for San Antonio (25-8) who extended its season-best win streak to six games.
The Spurs were absolutely brutal in the third after they outscored the Nets 30-5 during that period to take a 33 point lead heading into the fourth.
“We played great defense in the third quarter,” Park said “Defense has been great the last two games.
“We’re on the right track.”
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich praised Parker for his outing.
“I thought Tony set the tone for us,” Popovich said. “I thought he was a monster tonight.
“Offensively aggressive; defensively, really focused, really committed. I thought he was fantastic and everybody followed suit.”
MarShon Brooks paced the Nets with a season-high 16 points from the bench, while Joe Johnson added 12 in the defeat.
Brook Lopez was held to just 11 points and the Nets shot a disappointing 10-percent on 2-for-20 and turned the ball over seven times in the third.
“It was bad all the way around – offensively and defensively,” Nets point guard Deron Williams said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.
“We couldn’t get stops. We turned the ball over in the quarter.”
He added: “We’re out of whack as a group. Even on bad nights, I don’t play like this. It doesn’t even feel like it’s me out there on the court.
“Tonight was just another night I didn’t help. I said [at the beginning of the season] we had a great team on paper. I said it would take some time for us to jell. I didn’t think it would take this long.”
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