San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Tony Parker scored 22 points with seven
assists, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets, 99-87 on Saturday.
Kawhi Leonard netted 21 points and Danny Green shot 5-of-7 from 3-point range
for 21 off the bench in San Antonio’s season-high fourth straight win. Tim
Duncan chipped in seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
The reigning NBA champs got back on track after a rough start to the season,
winning seven of their last eight games following a 2-3 start.
Deron Williams scored 24 points and Mirza Teletovic, who started in place of
a resting Kevin Garnett, went for 22 and eight boards as Brooklyn fell for
the sixth time in seven games.
“You just keep battling, getting better, competing,” said Nets head coach
Lionel Hollins. “There’s no numbers, I just want us to go forward.”
Parker scored six during a 16-6 run to open the game, as the Spurs quickly
asserted themselves as the better team. The Nets got within four late in the
stanza on a Teletovic triple, but Austin Daye hit from deep at the other end,
and it was 25-18 through one.
“We were kind of fresh for this game and I thought we were really focused,”
said Parker. “We played great defense and kept out lead the whole game.”
The Spurs created more distance by scoring the first 11 points of the second.
Parker and Green both his 3s during the spurt that left the Nets in a 38-20
Brooklyn never led, though they were within eight following Joe Johnson’s
floater with 5:47 left in the game. The bucket capped an 8-0 flurry, but Green
protected the lead with a 3-ball.
Leonard and Green scored on consecutive possessions moments later, and the
lead was back to 15.
The Spurs have won 12 straight regular season home games against the Nets.
They have also won 40 of 45 at home against the Nets … Garnett hadn’t missed
a game this season … San Antonio outscored Brooklyn 54-34 in the paint.