From the desk of: THE HOOPS OF FLATBUSH
BROOKLYN NETS - With His Other Bigger Mates On The Bench, Tony Parker Was The Star of Flatbush.
Tim Duncan could not play. Manu Ginobili did not play. The task was left to Tony Parker to carry the Spurs on the road. And he did so superlatively. In leading the Spurs to a 111-86 stampede over the Nets, Tony Parker ended his night in Brooklyn with a game high twenty nine points, plus a game high eleven assists as well.
His counter-part Deron Williams, was limited to fifteen points and three assists. Deron Williams' night was emblematic of the Nets over all poor ball distribution. The Spurs had twenty two assists. The Nets managed just twelve. Even Brook Lopez had more assists than Deron. In other words, the Deron Williams versus Tony Parker match-up was a one sided affair.
Parker pulled down three rebounds. Deron Williams pulled down one. But the Nets remained consistent in this department. They out-rebounded the Spurs 39-28, led by nine each from Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans.
But here were the Nets biggest problems.
Tony Parker did not turn over the ball. Deron turned the ball over three times. For the game, the Nets turned the ball over eighteen times; the Spurs just seven. And San Antonio knew how to convert. The Nets allowed thirty points off turnovers. The Spurs only allowed seven.
Otherwise, key the music, because here comes the same old song. From the field, both teams managed seventy two, and seventy three shots respectively. San Antonio shot 58.9%, while Brooklyn only managed 47.2% from the field, which, albeit, is an improvement over last game. Both teams took nineteen three-point attempts. The Spurs shot 63.2%, while Brooklyn lagged at 31.6%. Joe Johnson shot 50% from the field, and finished with nineteen points. Brook Lopez finished with eighteen points.
What also seems a little ponderous about this game, is that even without Tim Duncan, the Spurs still destroyed Brooklyn with points in the paint, by a wide 52-38 margin. As such, San Antonio went to the line more often. The last word, Brooklyn drops both games of the season series to San Antonio.
The Nets are now 29-22 on the season, and drop to 14-8 under P.J. Carlesimo. The Brooks have lost six of their last ten games. There is no time to wallow in doubt though. Gotta get right back at it. Monday night, the Nets are in Indiana to take on the Central Division leading Pacers.