On their second game of a difficult three-game road trip the Brooklyn Nets were blown out at San Antonio by the Spurs 113-92 on New Year's Eve. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 18 points and six assists.
For Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets it was yet another rough game. It was the Nets fourth loss in the last five games in which they have lost by at least 14 points. Their leading scorer's on the game were Mason Plumlee and Shaun Livingston who finished with 15 points each. The rookie Plumlee also had 13 rebounds while Livingston added five assists and four rebounds.
This game was never close. The Spurs led by 10 after the first quarter, 23 at the half and 30 after the third quarter. Their largest lead was 32. Finally in the fourth quarter, with the game already having long been decided, the Nets outscored the Spurs by nine.
The Nets slipped to 10-21 while the Spurs moved to 25-7.
For Nets player's, the amount of blowout's that they have endured this season has frustrated them. Said Paul Pierce after the game, "It's embarassing. You go out and you're down 30 at the end of the third quarter, give up 98 points; it's embarassing."
Coming into the season, this looked like a great matchup between two veteran led teams with high expectations. Part of the difference is that one has been together for years with an all-time great coach and the other was just thrown together in the last couple seasons now being led by a rookie coach.
Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are the definition of it means to maintain success. Since he was named the Spurs full-time head coach in 1997-98, the Spurs have not missed the playoffs, have appeared in five NBA Finals including last year's and won four of them.
Their three leading scorer's against the Nets were Parker, Tim Duncan with 15 points and Manu Ginobli also scored 15 points. Those three have been apart of the Spurs core ever since each of them joined the team.
For the Nets, while their shooting percentage was not quite that porous at 44%, their stars still did putting up points. Deron Williams shot just four of 11 from the field and finished with just nine points and six assists. Joe Johnson also had just nine points on four of eight shooting.
Paul Pierce had the best game out of any Nets starter, finishing with 13 points, six assists and three rebounds on five of 11 shooting. Kevin Garnett continued his struggle, as he scored just two points off of his only two free throw attempts and did not make one field attempt, finishing zero for five from the floor.
For Brooklyn, the struggle was really on the defensive end and on the boards. They allowed the Spurs to shoot over 51 percent for the game and were out rebounded 47-34. The Spurs also hit four more three point attempts and made 11 more free throws. Each player in the Spurs starting five of Duncan, Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Marco Belinelli made at least half of their field goal attempts.
Heading into the new year, these two teams are going in completely different directions. San Antonio will continue to win games and will be amongst the favorites to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
For the disappointing Nets, nobody knows how low this things could for this franchise.
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