Nets top depleted SpursFeb 7, 2014 - 5:00 AM
Deron Williams finished with 16 points and eight assists, Paul Pierce tallied 12 points, and Andray Blatche added 10 for Brooklyn, which snapped a six-game losing streak against San Antonio.
The Spurs, who already were without Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, were missing Tony Parker due to lower back tightness that saw the point guard leave Wednesday's win against Washington and Tim Duncan, who was held out to rest.
Cory Joseph paced San Antonio with 18 points, while Danny Green netted 17 points and Patty Mills registered 16 points off the bench.
"I'm really proud of my guys. I thought they did a great job. After the [double overtime] game last night, then to come in here tonight, I thought the effort was great," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, referring to Wednesday's close win over the Wizards.
The Spurs had their three-game winning streak snapped and the loss marked the first setback on their nine-game Rodeo road-trip. They still have six games remaining before returning back home.
Anderson scored the final nine points of the third quarter for Brooklyn in helping the Nets take a 75-68 lead into the fourth.
Anderson then opened the fourth-quarter scoring for Brooklyn after a pair of free throws from Joseph, and Andrei Kirilenko converted a dunk to push the Nets lead to 84-74.
Williams knocked down a 3 to start a quick 7-0 sprint that Anderson capped with a jumper for a 99-83 lead with 2:45 remaining in the game. San Antonio seemed to lose its legs down the stretch as Brooklyn pulled away late.
"We started attacking and stopped settling for the three. Once we start doing that, it opens up the lane for kick-outs, just penetrating and dishing, everything starts opening up," Anderson said.
Joseph scored the final five points of an 18-6 surge to open the game for the Spurs as Brooklyn opened the game 3-for-10 from the field. The Nets clawed their way back in it, however, trailing 24-17 after 12 minutes and they took a slim 40-39 lead into the break.
Reserve forward Boris Diaw also missed the contest for San Antonio with food poisoning ... Brooklyn finished 46-of-93 shooting ... The Nets outrebounded the Spurs 53-38 ... The Spurs were 24-for-29 from the free-throw line, while Brooklyn shot 7-of-10.
Feb 6 10:24 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 68
End of 3rd
Feb 6 9:49 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 39
Feb 6 9:01 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 24
End of 1st
Feb 6 8:26 PM
- SAN ANTONIO: 0
1st Quarter - 11:26
Feb 6 8:03 PM
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