Spurs104, Nets 73By Danny Sanchez,The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Dec 31, 2012 9:40 PM EST
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 20 points and Tim Duncan added 15 as the San Antonio Spurs extended their win streak to six with a 104-73 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at AT&T Center. The Spurs (25-8) have won five of their last six on their court, on the way to their longest win streak of the year. They have been averaging 112.2 points during that streak, while shooting 52 percent. The Spurs closed out the year with one of their best quarters of the season, outscoring the Nets 30-5 in the third period. They opened the quarter on a 21-2 run and went 13 for 19 from the field, including 2 of 3 from the 3-point line. By the time guard Nando De Colo's 23-foot jumper rolled in with no time on the clock, the Spurs had built a 33-point lead. They also had four other players in double figures: De Colo had 11, while Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Matt Bonner all had 10. The Spurs dominated on many levels and got 56 of their 104 points inside the paint. They turned 18 turnovers into 28 points and kept the pressure on in the fourth, even though Duncan and Parker sat the whole quarter. All 12 Spurs players who played scored. More than anything, it was the Spurs' third-quarter defense that made the Nets' last night in 2012 miserable. San Antonio held them to 2 for 20 from the field, forced seven turnovers and allowed them to put five points on the scoreboard. That was a record low for a Spurs opponent in the third quarter. The loss snapped two-game win streak with interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, who took over for Avery Johnson after he was fired Thursday, and the Nets fell to 16-15. MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 16 points. Joe Johnson added 12 and Brook Lopez scored 11, but both were held scoreless in the second half. Deron Williams, who hit a 3-pointer on his first shot, ended with eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. San Antonio came out hot in first half, shooting 65 percent from the field to go ahead 55-47. Parker led San Antonio with 15 points first-half points. The Nets kept it close behind the play of Lopez and Johnson, who were 9 of 18 in the first half. NOTES: Carlesimo spent five years (2002-2007) as an assistant under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and the two remain good friends. Three of those years the Spurs were NBA champions. ... The last time the Nets won in San Antonio was on Jan. 22, 2002. ... The Nets had improved their play defensively, not allowing an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent in 12 games until the Spurs hit 58.9 percent. ... San Antonio is 13-2 at home and has not lost since Nov. 19.
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