Saturday , Feb , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs end Nets’ home winning streak

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Manu Ginobili netted 22 points and
grabbed five rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs stayed hot with an 83-73
victory over the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena.

Tony Parker contributed 19 points and dished out six assists for the Spurs,
who won for the eighth straight game.

Tim Duncan returned to the lineup after missing one game with flu-like
symptoms and scored 12 points with seven rebounds and six assists in the
victory.

“I didn’t play a great game and I didn’t feel 100 percent,” said Duncan. “But
it felt good to be out there and help the team win.”

Vince Carter led the Nets with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists as New
Jersey’s 12-game winning streak at home came to an end. Nenad Krstic donated
17 points, while Richard Jefferson had 15.

Jason Kidd scored only eight points, but grabbed 13 boards and dished out
seven assists in the loss.

The Spurs ended the third period with a 7-2 surge to take a 59-52 lead into
the final quarter of action. San Antonio outscored the Nets 20-10 in the third
frame with Ginobili netting 10 points. The 10 points scored in the quarter by
New Jersey tied a season low.

The Nets, though, were able to tie the game up at 64-64 before the Spurs
answered with a 10-2 run that Bruce Bowen capped with a three-pointer from the
left corner to put San Antonio ahead at 74-66 with 2:56 remaining.

Bowen’s trey seemed to slow down the Nets as they never recovered the rest of
the way.

With 1:09 remaining, Parker drove to the net and scooped in two points as he
was fouled hard by Kidd. Parker hit the free throw to complete the three-point
play and give the Spurs an 81-69 lead as the crowd headed for the exits.

“We played great defense all the way around,” said Parker. “We then made the
shots we needed to in the fourth quarter.”

The Nets outscored the Spurs 26-17 in the second stanza to take a 42-39
advantage into halftime. Carter led the way at the break with 12 points on 6-
of-12 shooting from the floor.

“They made us pay with our turnovers,” said Carter. “We kind of fell apart a
little bit and missed some easy baskets.”

San Antonio led 22-16 after the opening quarter.

Game Notes

San Antonio has won eight straight on the road and are 18-7 away from home
this season…Bowen finished with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the
field…The Spurs shot 44 percent for the game and were 7-of-20 from beyond
the arc…New Jersey dropped to 16-7 at home this season…Clifford Robinson
scored eight points for the Nets…New Jersey was 1-for-13 on three-point
attempts.

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