NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at New Jersey
(Tuesday, February 10th)
Final Score: San Antonio 108, New Jersey 93
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan registered 27 points and nine rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs did what they always seem to do against the Nets, systematically building a comfortable lead and burying home- standing New Jersey, 108-93.
Matt Bonner continued his torrid stretch with 22 points and Tony Parker donated 20 points as well. Duncan had an uncharacteristic eight assists to go along with four blocks. Roger Mason added 14 points and Manu Ginobili notched nine points, six rebounds and six assists off the bench. The efficient Spurs dished out 27 assists to only six turnovers.
"I made some open shots," said Bonner. "I think we made some stupid mistakes in the first half. We knew we could play better mentally. We wanted to show it."
The Spurs have won six of seven and 10 of 12 overall while improving to 3-1 on a current eight-game road trip.
San Antonio has come out victorious in 13 straight regular-season meetings over New Jersey, with New Jersey's last victory coming on November 13, 2003. The Nets have actually dropped 15 in a row to San Antonio, taking Games 5 and 6 of the 2003 NBA Finals to close out the best-of-seven series.
Vince Carter, playing after hyper-extending his right elbow on Saturday versus Denver, scored a team-best 25 points with six rebounds and five assists. Devin Harris added 21 points, seven boards and five assists, while Brook Lopez collected 18 points and Trenton Hassell 10.
The Nets have dropped two straight following a season-best four-game winning streak.
San Antonio built a 28-21 edge entering the second period, but the Nets sliced the margin to 54-51 after 24 minutes of action.
The Spurs re-gained their footing during a pivotal third stanza. The two teams traded buckets to begin the period before San Antonio embarked on a 10-0 burst to grab a double-digit edge. Bonner's three started the spurt and his two free throws and long-distance jumper capped the run for a 73-59 edge.
The advantage grew to 15 points at 80-65 on Finley's triple late in the quarter, and the margin stood at 82-69 entering the fourth period.
The game was never in doubt in the final period. A Lopez mid-range jumper and then a Hassell three several minutes later each cut the deficit to 10 points, but Bruce Bowen's jumper capped six straight after Hassell's shot for a 99-83 edge.
New Jersey dropped to a dismal 11-16 at home this season, while San Antonio proved its mettle once again on the road, improving to 17-8 as the visitor...San Antonio shot 52.6 percent from the floor and made 18-of-20 foul shots...The Nets shot 48.8 percent from the field, but made only 4-of-14 from three-point range.
02/10 22:50:55 ET