The Least You Should Know
[sny-box] With five key players sitting out for the Spurs, the Nets came out flat but still led by one after the first half.
Brooklyn found its groove however, hitting on 16-of-22 (73 percent) third quarter shots. The Spurs kept fighting back, but the Nets pulled away in the fourth quarter for the win.
Alan Anderson gave the Nets a huge lift off the bench, leading all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-15 from the field. Long Island native Danny Green led the Spurs with 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Nets held the advantage in points in the paint, 56-32, and outrebounded the Spurs, 53-38. Brooklyn also managed 29 assists on 46 field goals.
It was a little troubling that the Nets did not pull away with this game in the first half against the short-handed Spurs.
But Gregg Popovich has a knack for benching his star players and still getting the most out of whoever takes the floor.
Still, good win for the Nets, especially against the team that blew them out before the recent hot streak started. Brooklyn snapped a six-game losing streak against the Spurs and has now won five of the last seven games against Western Conference teams.
We had another scare with Deron Williams – this time his knee and not his ankle. But once he returned to action, he gave the Nets an offensive spark, finishing with 16 points and eight assists.
Anderson turned in another solid performance. He’s almost become the forgotten man now that he’s coming off the bench, but he tallied nine crucial points in the third quarter and continued his offensive outburst in the fourth – finishing with 19 points in the second half.
Jason Kidd even got some late-game rest for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson. The win moves the Nets to 8-3 in the first half of back-to-backs this season, and the team has now won 16 consecutive games when leading at halftime.
Brooklyn heads to the Palace of Auburn Hills Friday night to take on the Detroit Pistons. Tip is set for 7:30 PM.