Spurs continue domination of NetsFeb 12, 2012 - 6:33 AM Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - A balanced San Antonio offensive attack, led by Gary Neal's 18 points off the bench, powered the Spurs past New Jersey, 103-89, at Prudential Center.
"For some reason he plays like this on the road," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said about Neal. "He shoots the ball well on the road. He enjoys it."
Tim Duncan filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Tony Parker added 12 points, DeJuan Blair dropped 11, and Tiago Splitter and Danny Green each contributed 10 for the Spurs, who have won seven straight games.
All-Star reserve Deron Williams paced all scorers with 27 points for the Nets. Kris Humphries and Jordan Farmar chipped in 15 and 12, respectively, for New Jersey, who dropped their sixth consecutive contest. The Nets have also lost 17 of the last 18 times they've faced the Spurs.
"We just made a couple mistakes again that really made it tough for us to get back in the game," Williams said. "With a team like this you can't really get down against them because it's just an uphill battle the whole game."
The Nets kept it close in the first quarter, fighting off an early eight-point Spurs advantage with a 12-2 run to take a 17-15 lead with 2:22 to play in the frame. The Spurs responded with a 9-5 spurt to end the quarter, however, and New Jersey would not lead again.
San Antonio shot 61.5 percent (24-of-39) from the field in the first half, while holding the Nets to just 36.2 percent (17-of-47) en route to a 55-40 halftime edge. The Spurs missed just five of their 19 shots in the second quarter.
A Williams three-pointer made a game of it midway through the third quarter, cutting New Jersey's deficit to just six, 62-56. The Spurs answered once more, though, finishing the quarter with 15 to the Nets' three to put the game out of reach, 77-59.
New Jersey tied its longest losing streak this season...The Spurs lead the all-time series 60-19...This was the final regular season game San Antonio will play in New Jersey. The Nets move to Brooklyn next season.
- SAN ANTONIO: 103
NEW JERSEY: 89
Feb 11 10:14 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 77
NEW JERSEY: 59
End of 3rd
Feb 11 9:45 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 55
NEW JERSEY: 40
Feb 11 9:04 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 0
NEW JERSEY: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Feb 11 8:12 PM
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