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Spurs Get a Thorn From The Nets 89 – 103 Recap and Box Score

There is no question that 2013 was a time that the Brooklyn Nets want to forget. But maybe the stroke of midnight that started 2014 was exactly what the Nets needed to turn into the new Cinderella team in the NBA.

On December 31st, the Nets lost 113-92 to the San Antonio Spurs and had a record of 10-21. Just barely a double digit win total for a team that was expected to be a contender in the East due to a variety of acquisitions that brought them Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Celtics.

But on February 7th the Nets had their rematch with the Spurs and they would cruise to a 103-98 victory. But what may be bigger than beating one of the best teams in the West, is the turnaround that the Nets have been through in just the last month. Since that 10-21 mark in 2013, the Nets have won 12 of their last 15 and now sit at 22-25. Not only have the Nets crawled their way back to an almost .500 record, but now all that separates them between their current seventh seed and the fourth spot in the East, is just two games.

As for the Spurs, 2014 hasn’t been nearly as kind. The team was 25-7 in 2013, but since the New Year they have doubled their loss total for a 36-14 record. Four of those losses have come in the last seven games, for one of their worst streaks of the season.

One reason that the Spurs may have struggled so much on Thursday against Brooklyn certainly had to be the fact that they were missing majority of their team. Tim Duncan was getting a scheduled routine rest, Tony Parker was injured, Boris Diaw had food poisoning, and Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili also sat.

The Spurs recent slide has given the Thunder a 3 ½ game lead over San Antonio for first place in the West. It has also allowed the Trail Blazers to keep pace for that second overall spot as well.

It’s hard to say what was the bigger story in this game. Was it the fact that the Spurs looked pretty bad without some of their biggest stars? Or was it that the Nets were able to continue a red-hot streak that has them primed for a serious playoff push? Either way, both teams will hope to finish out these last few games before the All Star break strong in order to line themselves up real nicely for the second half of the season.

The Spurs sit as 12/1 favorites to win the NBA Championship in May, while the Nets have increased their odds as of late to 40/1.

San Antonio Spurs
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Tiago Splitter, C 25 2-6 0-0 1-1 0 4 4 1 0 2 2 0 -14 5
Nando de Colo, PG 27 4-9 0-2 3-4 0 3 3 2 2 1 3 2 +10 11
Cory Joseph, PG 35 5-12 1-3 7-7 2 2 4 3 4 0 2 0 -6 18
Marco Belinelli, SG 34 4-6 1-2 3-4 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 -5 12
Danny Green, SG 35 6-11 3-4 2-2 1 7 8 3 1 2 2 1 -8 17
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Aron Baynes, PF 12 0-4 0-0 2-2 3 1 4 1 0 0 2 2 +3 2
Matt Bonner, PF 14 0-3 0-2 2-2 0 4 4 0 0 1 1 0 -11 2
Jeff Ayres, C 14 0-1 0-0 1-2 2 3 5 1 0 1 2 2 -3 1
Patty Mills, PG 23 6-13 2-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 -22 16
Shannon Brown, PG 20 2-8 0-1 1-3 0 4 4 0 0 0 2 2 -14 5
Tim Duncan, PF DNP REST
Boris Diaw, PF DNP FOOD POISONING
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
29-73 7-21 24-29 8 30 38 14 8 7 17 12 89
39.7% 33.3% 82.8%
Fast break points:   14
Points in the paint:   32
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   17 (13)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.
Brooklyn Nets
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Kevin Garnett, PF 18 4-9 0-0 0-0 3 6 9 0 0 0 2 2 +7 8
Paul Pierce, SF 23 5-6 1-1 1-1 2 5 7 2 1 0 0 2 -1 12
Shaun Livingston, PG 31 4-9 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 4 0 4 1 3 +9 8
Deron Williams, PG 30 7-14 1-3 1-2 1 3 4 8 1 0 2 2 +14 16
Joe Johnson, SG 28 4-10 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 8
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Mirza Teletovic, PF 22 4-10 0-1 0-0 2 5 7 2 0 0 1 2 +12 8
Mason Plumlee, PF 11 3-4 0-0 1-1 1 2 3 1 1 0 2 1 0 7
Alan Anderson, SF 30 9-15 2-3 2-2 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 +11 22
Andrei Kirilenko, SF 26 1-3 0-0 2-4 1 7 8 6 1 0 2 4 +12 4
Andray Blatche, C 19 5-12 0-2 0-0 3 3 6 4 3 0 1 5 +7 10
Marquis Teague, PG 2 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1 0
Reggie Evans, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Jason Terry, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
46-93 4-13 7-10 16 37 53 29 7 4 14 24 103
49.5% 30.8% 70.0%
Fast break points:   12
Points in the paint:   56
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (15)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

 Flagrant Fouls: None
 Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: None – TEAMS: SAN ANTONIO (1), BROOKLYN (1) – COACHES: None
 Officials: Sean Wright, Haywoode Workman, Bennett Salvatore
 Attendance: 17,732
 Time of Game: 2:25