Spurs continue home streak, Williams gets double-double in NJ debutFeb 26, 2011 - 5:08 AM San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Manu Ginobili scored 26 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists to lead San Antonio past New Jersey, 106-96, at AT&T Center.
George Hill provided 19 points and seven boards while Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair added 17 points and six caroms apiece for the Spurs, who have won their first two games after the All-Star break.
Tony Parker went for 13 points, 10 assists and seven boards as San Antonio improved to 27-2 at home. The Spurs have won 20 in a row as the host since a November 26 loss to Dallas.
Deron Williams contributed 14 points and 12 assists in his first game with New Jersey since being acquired in Wednesday's blockbuster deal with Utah. But the Nets fell for the 16th time in their last 17 meetings with the Spurs.
"It was a tough first game against the best team in the league right now," said Williams. "I thought we played hard. We had some chances and I thought we just missed some shots and messed up a couple defensive assignments late in the game."
Anthony Morrow scored 25 points while Brook Lopez supplied 13 points and eight boards for the Nets, who have lost four in a row and seven out of nine.
Trailing by one to start the second half, the hosts scored the first five points of the third quarter to regain the lead for good. Parker's triple finished a 12-6 spurt that extended the Spurs' lead to 70-61 just shy of the midway point of the period.
Hill hit two and Matt Bonner added a third trifecta as San Antonio used an 11-4 burst to close the stanza to take an 88-72 lead into the final quarter.
New Jersey scored nine in a row to move within 93-86 before layups by Hill and Ginobili restored an 11-point cushion. A Williams jumper made it 99-92 with three minutes to play, but the Nets would get no closer in falling to 4-26 away from home.
"Every game's not pretty and in a 48-minute game, you just keep on pushing and hope that you can break it at some point," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. "Our guys did a good job of continuing to just play and work it out and they did."
San Antonio opened up a 17-6 lead on a Blair layup with 5:12 to go in the first quarter and took a 29-25 lead after the opening 12 minutes.
Johan Petro's driving layup three minutes into the second quarter gave the Nets a brief 33-32 edge before the Spurs pushed the lead to 45-38 on a Duncan foul shot midway through the quarter.
The lead changed hands three times during the final two minutes as Damion James' layup with 14 ticks to go gave New Jersey a 54-53 lead at the break.
Duncan and Blair both made 8-of-11 shots...Hill finished 3-of-4 from beyond the arc...San Antonio dominated inside, outscoring the Nets 50-30 in the paint...Williams connected on 5-of-13 from the floor and added four rebounds. Morrow made 7-of-11, including 3-of-5 from three-point territory...New Jersey was 5-for-21 from beyond the arc, including an 0-for-6 showing from Travis Outlaw...Kris Humphries added 12 points and six boards in the loss.
- NEW JERSEY: 96
SAN ANTONIO: 106
Feb 25 10:54 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 72
SAN ANTONIO: 88
End of 3rd
Feb 25 10:19 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 25
SAN ANTONIO: 29
End of 1st
Feb 25 9:07 PM
- NEW JERSEY: 0
SAN ANTONIO: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Feb 25 8:41 PM
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