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Nets 103, Spurs 89

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NEW YORK -- Reserve forward Alan Anderson scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and the Brooklyn Nets ended a six-game losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs with a 103-89 victory Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

Anderson came into the game 12-for-33 in his previous five games, including 1-for-8 Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers. He started 1-of-4 but wound up shooting 9-of-15 and came within four points of his season high set Dec. 20 at Philadelphia.

Point guard Deron Williams shook off 0-for-4 start and added 16 and eight assists points for the Nets, who won for the 12th time in 16 games since a blowout loss at San Antonio on Dec. 31. Forward Paul Pierce added 12 points, reserve center Andray Blatche contributed 10 points and starting center Kevin Garnett collected eight points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes.

The Spurs rested center Tim Duncan after he played 41 minutes in a double-overtime win at Washington on Wednesday. Tony Parker (back tightness), Manu Ginobilli (left hamstring tightness), Kawhi Leonard (fractured right hand) and Boris Diaw (food poisoning) also sat out.

San Antonio placed five in double figures.

Guard Cory Joseph led the Spurs with 18 points, Forward Danny Green added 17 points while reserve guard Patty Mills chipped in 16 as the Spurs shot 39.7 percent (29-of-73) after getting off to a 7-for-13 start.

The Nets led for the final 24:38 and took a 75-68 lead into the fourth thanks to Anderson. Anderson scored seven straight points on a three-point play, a layup and a 17-footer after the Spurs were within 68-66 with 1:53 remaining.

Anderson helped the Nets maintain their lead in fourth by adding a 3-point play and a 3-pointer with 7:12 remaining that increased their lead to 87-77.

Joseph scored seven points in the opening quarter Spurs bolted to a 12-point lead midway through. The Nets slightly cut into the deficit and were within 24-17 after the opening quarter following a running layup by Williams with 32 seconds remaining.

Brooklyn inched closer with an 8-3 run that brought them within 30-28 on a running layup by rookie center Mason Plumlee with 6:32 left. After a 7-2 run by San Antonio, the Nets scored eight straight points and took their first lead on a fast-break layup by Pierce with 1:57 left.

Joseph stopped the running with a layup but Williams hit a 20-footer with 37.8 left and the Nets went into halftime with a 40-39 lead in spite of 38.3 percent shooting and seven turnovers.

Both teams had players go to the locker room to get injuries re-evaluated. Williams hit a 20-footer early in the second but also appeared to tweak his knee and went to the locker room before returning while De Colo appeared to get poked in the eye after fouling Andrei Kirilenko with just under five minutes left and sported a mask in the second half.

NOTES: Brooklyn F Joe Johnson, C-F Andray Blatche and F Andrei Kirilenko returned from their respective injuries. Johnson missed one game with a knee injury, Blatche sat for two with an ankle injury while Kirilenko was out for three games with a calf injury. ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he knew that G Tony Parker (back) would be unable to play after seeing him being unable to bend over in going for steals. Popovich also is unsure if Parker will return before the All-Star break when the Spurs continue their annual "Rodeo Trip" in Charlotte, Detroit and Boston. Besides C Tim Duncan and Parker, San Antonio was without G Manu Ginobili (hamstring), F Kawhi Leonard (fractured right hand) and F Boris Diaw (food poisoning). ... Brooklyn rookie F-C Mason Plumlee was selected by Chris Webber for his team at next weekend's Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star break at New Orleans. ... Johnson, who is an Eastern Conference reserve, will also participate in the 3-point shooting contest and is the third Net to do so. ... The NBA also announced that San Antonio F Marco Belinelli will participate in the 3-point contest.
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