Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Tuesday, January 10th
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Spurs96
Game 2: Friday, February 10th
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Nets73

Nets 91

(19-13, 9-7 away)

Spurs 96

(27-8, 17-1 home)

Coverage: FSSW

7:30 PM ET, January 10, 2006

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 22 19 24 2691
SA 27 22 21 2696

Top Performers

New Jersey: V. Carter 34 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

San Antonio: T. Duncan 27 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Duncan, Spurs snap Nets' 10-game win streak

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Even after ending the NBA's longest winning streak, the San Antonio Spurs got nothing but criticism from their coach.

Tim Duncan scored 27 points, going 13-for-15 from the free throw line, and the Spurs snapped the New Jersey Nets' 10-game winning streak with a 96-91 victory Tuesday night.

"Total lack of concentration, lack of effort, lack of cohesiveness, lack of leadership -- both on the court and from me as a head coach," Gregg Popovich said in his only postgame statement. "It was a disgusting performance."

His comments may have been different had the Spurs held onto their 16-point lead with under 7 minutes to go. They had limited the league's eighth-leading scorer, Vince Carter, to 19 points until that point.

Carter then scored 15 points in a 22-13 run, and Scott Padgett's 3-pointer cut the lead to four with 2.8 seconds left. The Spurs held on by hitting 20 free throws in the last quarter, a franchise record.

Carter, who came in averaging 25.5 points per game, scored 34 on 11 for 29 shooting. Jason Kidd had 15 points and six assists for the Nets, who played without the injured Richard Jefferson.

Tony Parker scored 18 points, shooting 8-of-12, and Manu Ginobili had 16 points for San Antonio.

Both teams did a poor job protecting the ball. The Spurs had 20 turnovers for 16 points, while the Nets had 14 turnovers for 18 points. Still, the Nets believed that had they capitalized on possessions, the outcome could have been different.

"We couldn't score on the other end," Kidd said. "They made their free throws while we were struggling on the offensive end. They just built up a lead that we couldn't come back from. We didn't quit ... we played hard and gave ourselves a chance."

Carter scored 14 in the first quarter while Parker and Ginobili combined for 17, giving the Spurs a 27-22 lead. The Spurs built a lead as high as 11 in the second, helped by 59 percent shooting, including two 3-pointers from Nick Van Exel.

The Spurs led 49-41 at the half, but the Nets tied the game at 55 with 6:10 to go in the third. The scored would be tied four more times before the Spurs took a five-point lead on a 7-2 run in the last two minutes of the third.

But while the Nets are 17-0 when leading after three quarters this year, they are 1-13 when trailing.

The Spurs remained in control for most of the fourth quarter until Carter hit a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left to cut the lead to 87-80. Carter was fouled twice while attempting 3-pointers and made all six free throws.

Still, the Nets were looking to get a few more calls from their aggressive play down the stretch.

"I thought the effort level was there," said Nets head coach Lawrence Frank. "We put forth maximum effort. We couldn't get to the free throw line in the second half until the last minute of the game. They are obviously a championship team."

Despite the win, the fact that the Nets scored 14 points in 39 seconds will stay with the Spurs for a long time, Bruce Bowen said.

"Right now there is really nothing too gratifying because of the way it ended and rightfully so," he said. "It wiped out everything we tried to accomplish tonight."

Game notes


Sean Marks (ankle sprain) for the Spurs did not play. Jefferson left Sunday's game at Toronto with back spasms. ... The Spurs are shooting 47.7 percent from the field, highest in the league, while holding opponents to a league-low 42.2 percent.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NJ
SA
Points 91 96
FGM-FGA 37-82 (.451) 30-62 (.484)
3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 6-14 (.429)
FTM-FTA 11-15 (.733) 30-38 (.789)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-35 4-42
Assists 18 21
Turnovers 14 20
Steals 11 3
Blocks 3 3
Fast Break Points 19 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (1/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 16

Top Performers

New Jersey
San Antonio
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 34
Reb: 6
Ast: 5
Stl: 0
Blk: 1
Tim Duncan Duncan
Points: 27
Reb: 12
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 1