Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/13

Game 1: Tuesday, February 13th
Game 2: Saturday, March 10th

Spurs 107

(34-18, 18-10 away)

Nets 82


    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, February 13, 2007

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 26 33 20 28107
    NJ 22 16 22 2282

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    NJ: V. Carter 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Duncan spurs San Antonio to win over New Jersey

    Associated Press

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Beating the New Jersey Nets has never been a problem for the San Antonio Spurs.

    With Jason Kidd and two other starters out of the lineup, this time it wasn't even much of a game.

    Tim Duncan scored seven of his 21 points in a 20-0 San Antonio spurt to start the second quarter and the Spurs ran away from the injury-ravaged Nets 107-82 on Tuesday night.

    Elias Says
    Marcus Williams
    Rookie Marcus Williams replaced Jason Kidd in the New Jersey lineup and had 10 assists in his first start. That's the most assists that any Nets player has ever had in his first career NBA start. Two players who were previously with other NBA teams had 10 or more assists in their first NBA start for the Nets: Maurice Lucas in February 1980 and Micheal Ray Richardson in February 1983.

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    "The Nets are in a bad way, injury-wise" coach Gregg Popovich said after the Spurs beat the Nets for the eighth straight time. "It was a tough night with three of their top four not out there. It was pretty much a throw away game. They battled and did everything they could. It's impossible to be very successful with that many people out."

    The Spurs only needed 18 minutes to take control of the game. They used a 12-4 run at the end of the first quarter to take a four-point lead and then took advantage of 13 straight misses by New Jersey at the start of the second quarter to push the advantage to 24.

    "We're trying to get better as a team," Duncan said after the Spurs avoided tying their season-high three-game losing streak with their third win in eight games. "Consistency hasn't been there. As fun as it was, that's the way we need to play all the time."

    Tony Parker added 19 points, Manu Ginobili had 14 and Michael Finley 15 for San Antonio, which led by as many as 28 points.

    San Antonio has had problems this year against opponents who are missing key players. They lost to the Lakers with Lamar Odom out. They lost twice to Houston, once with Yao Ming out and once with Tracy McGrady sidelined. They also lost to Utah when the Jazz were without Carlos Boozer.

    They did not have a similar letdown against New Jersey.

    "Not at all," Parker said. "We had a lot of letdowns earlier the season. It's about time we kept a lead."

    Vince Carter had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Nets, who also were without center Nenad Krstic and forward Richard Jefferson, who have been injured for a while.

    "We have been short-handed for the better part of the year," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We're not going to start making excuses now."

    Rookie Marcus Williams had nine points and a career-high 10 assists starting for Kidd, who will miss final two games before the All-Star break with a lower back strain. His status for the NBA midseason classic on Sunday in Las Vegas is uncertain.

    Down 16-12 with less than 5 minutes to play in the first quarter, Ginobili entered the game and got the Spurs going. He scored five points and added two assists, the second on a 3-pointer by Robert Horry that helped San Antonio take a 26-22 lead.

    Ginobili started and ended the 20-point run with a jumper and two free throws. Duncan, who added a team-high eight rebounds, took over after that. He converted a three-point play and a layup on consecutive possessions and later added two free throws.

    The Nets were lost for the first 6-plus minutes of the quarter. They missed their first 13 shots and didn't score until Carter hit a free throw on a defensive three seconds technical foul, drawing a sarcastic cheer from the crowd at the Continental Airlines Arena.

    "We had good shots, they just didn't fall," Carter said.

    New Jersey, which shot 39 percent from the field, didn't get its first basket until Hassan Adams hit a jumper with 5:20 to go in the quarter. By then, the Spurs had a 21-point lead and New Jersey never got close.

    Game notes

    New Jersey is now 11-25 without Kidd. The last game he missed due to injury late was in 2004. ... Williams made his first career start. ...The biggest cheer from the Nets' crowd came when Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria, Parker's fiancee, was shown sitting at courtside. ...The Spurs are 18-10 on the road, including 3-4 on their current eight-game rodeo road trip. It ends in Detroit on Wednesday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 107 82
    FGM-FGA 39-73 (.534) 32-82 (.390)
    3PM-3PA 6-18 (.333) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 23-24 (.958) 15-19 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-41 9-34
    Assists 26 19
    Turnovers 13 12
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 6 0
    Fast Break Points 16 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (3/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 29 4

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    New Jersey
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 18
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0