Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 21st

Spurs 85


Nets 71

(3-5, 1-3 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:00 PM ET, November 12, 2003

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
SA 21 28 14 2285
NJ 20 13 23 1571

Top Performers

SA: T. Duncan 31 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

NJ: J. Kidd 14 Pts, 12 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl

Kidd records triple-double but Nets lose

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Tim Duncan not only beat the Nets again, he made them play scared.

That was the assessment of New Jersey coach Byron Scott after the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions lost to Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs 85-71 Wednesday night in their first meeting since the NBA Finals.

"It's the first time we played that way, just scared to play," Scott said after the Nets lost for the fifth time in eight games.

"I don't know if it's because we didn't get off to a good start playing a team that has all its weapons. They want to get back on track, and it looked like we were scared to play the way we're capable of playing."

Duncan had much to do with that with a season-high 31 points and 12 rebounds to overshadow a 14-point, 13-assist, 12-rebound triple-double by Nets guard Jason Kidd.

Kidd, who spurned a free agent offer from the Spurs in the offseason, deferred to Scott on whether the Nets played scared.

"He has a better view than I do," Kidd said. "If that's what he sees, if that's the case, we've got to find some way to get the enjoyment back into the game and have some fun and not make it such a struggle."

Nothing was a struggle for Duncan, who hit 12 of 19 shots from the field and blocked three shots, including two by Kidd in the third quarter.

"He's a pretty smooth character," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Duncan. "The game is really easy for him, the game of basketball. He really understands what's going on. He is enjoying his teammates. He is a great player. I don't know what else to tell you."

Tony Parker added 17 points in just his second game of the season and Manu Ginobili had 12 points and eight rebounds as the Spurs won their second straight game since Duncan and Parker returned to the lineup.

Kenyon Martin added 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first game since spraining his left ankle Oct. 31.

The Nets couldn't overcome long stretches of cold shooting -- another reminder of what happened in the finals when New Jersey allowed San Antonio to go on a series-deciding 19-0 run in Game 6.

A 3-for-14 slump at the end of the second quarter came during a 21-5 spurt that gave the Spurs a 49-33 halftime lead.

Parker started the run with four straight points, Duncan added six and Malik Rose had five, including a tip just before the halftime buzzer.

The disappointingly small crowd of 13,286 was starting to grumble when the game turned on a spectacular block by Martin early in the third quarter.

Duncan got the rebound in the lane and went up for a jump hook with his arm fully extended. Martin came from the baseline and blocked the shot well above the rim, swatting the ball into the stands.

Duncan and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich both felt the officials missed a goaltending call.

"It sparked them and they scored about 90 in a row," Popovich said. "It was like we weren't there any more. It was 5-on-0."

New Jersey closed the quarter with a 17-4 run to pull to 63-56. The deficit was reduced to three points in the fourth quarter, the last time at 67-64 on a jumper by Martin in the lane.

Ginobili had a three-point play and a layup to spark a 16-5 spurt that included a pair of 3-pointers from the left corner by Bruce Bowen and one by Parker.

Game notes

The triple-double was the second of the season for Kidd and the 52nd of his career. ...Kerry Kittles got a technical from referee Violet Palmer for arguing a foul call. ...Nets F Brian Scalabrine missed the game with a hip pointer. ... Kittles and Richard Jefferson added 13 points apiece for New Jersey, which shot 36 percent form the field. ...The win was the Spurs first in three road games. ...New Jersey is 1-3 at home. They were 33-8 last season.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 85 71
FGM-FGA 32-78 (.410) 32-89 (.360)
3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 1-9 (.111)
FTM-FTA 16-19 (.842) 6-9 (.667)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-50 10-40
Assists 16 25
Turnovers 13 9
Steals 5 8
Blocks 10 7
Fast Break Points 6 6
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (1/0) 18 (1/0)

Top Performers

San Antonio
New Jersey
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 31
Reb: 12
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 3
Jason Kidd Kidd
Points: 14
Reb: 12
Ast: 13
Stl: 1
Blk: 0