The Nets have officially avoided the dreaded “Worst of All Time” tag, grabbing their 10th win tonight by beating the Manu Ginoboli and Tony Parker-less San Antonio Spurs 90-84, at the Izod Center.
- Before we look at individual performances, let’s consider why the Nets really won this game: They played great defense on the Spurs holding them to 42 percent shooting and 38 second-half points, they hit timely shots, including jumpers from Brook Lopez and Terrence Williams in the closing two minutes, and they took care of the ball in an unprecedented way, only committing 4 turnovers, including 0 in the second half.
- Brook Lopez overcame a rough first half to score 22 points on 7-14 shooting, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing 3 dimes. He was even urged by TWill to take a technical free throw down the stretch, making the shot.
- Courtney Lee finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and perhaps the defensive play of the game when he sealed off George Hill with about 10 seconds left in the game, leading to a SAS turnover, icing the game for the Nets.
- Good day at the office for Devin Harris, finishing with 17 points and 9 assists.
- Tim Duncan was limited to 30 minuted, but was up and down when he was on the floor, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds on 6-15 shooting. George Hill led the Spurs with 19 points.
- Terrence Williams turned it on in the second half with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
- Rough game for Yi Jianlian with 8 points on 3-12 shooting, and apparently, an injured shoulder.