A win is a win, even if it comes against a team that plays shorthanded and without its core caliber of All-Star players.
The Brooklyn Nets dominated the San Antonio Spurs in every facet of Thursday night’s showdown at Barclays Center, even though the Spurs were without the services of top scorers Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.
Alan Anderson lead the Nets with 22 points, including 19 in the second half, as Brooklyn took down San Antonio 103-89 to improve to 12-4 in 2014. Paul Pierce had 12 points and Deron Williams added 16 for the Nets, who also ended a six-game losing streak to San Antonio with its first victory since March 29, 2010.
“We've got the pieces,” Anderson said afterwards. “We're finally starting to turn the corner a lot more lately.”
Indeed, things seem to be getting better for Brooklyn as they try to right the ship after a disappointing start to a season filled with lofty expectations. But the Nets had to fend off a different cast of Spurs players to pull this one out.
After the Nets took a 40-39 lead into halftime following a Williams’ short jumper, Brooklyn started the third with Anderson reeling off seven straight points to give the home team at 75-68 lead. A three-point play later followed by a 3-pointer gave Brooklyn a comfortable 87-77 lead that they would not relinquish.
The Nets caught the Spurs at the right time as one of the top teams in the Western Conference are battling both injuries and fatigue as of late. Even San Antonio head coach Greg Popovich knew the stakes that were facing them going into the contest, yet he was still pleased with his teams efforts.
“I know we didn't look pretty,” Popovich said afterwards. “I'm more interested in results than how we look. So I thought they performed well.”
The Nets return to action when the hit the road for a Friday night showdown in the “Motor City” with the Detroit Pistons.