After a three game slide last week, the Brooklyn Nets seem back to their winning ways of 2014 as they beat the San Antonio Spurs 103-89 at the Barclays Center on Thursday night. It was the first time they have beaten them in four years although, it should be pointed out, that the Spurs were without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw.
With four Spurs out it was probably appropriate that Alan Anderson led the Nets with 22 points. Deron Williams had 16 points and eight assists, Paul Pierce had 12 and seven rebounds and Andray Blatche had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Things didn’t go well for the Nets early, but they gained momentum as the game went on. Behind seven points from Cory Joseph, the Spurs led 24-17 after one. The Nets came back in the second though as D-Will scored five points to help give them a one-point lead at halftime.
Things took off in the second half for the Nets. Alan Anderson got hot and scored 19 points that half on 8-of-11 from the floor. The Spurs looked out of gas at that point after they played double overtime the night before.
“We started attacking and stopped settling for the three,” Anderson said. “Once we start doing that, it opens up the lane for kick-outs, just penetrating and dishing, everything starts opening up.”
Joe Johnson and Andrei Kirilenko, who both sat out earlier in the week, played. Neither had huge games as Johnson scored eight points and Kirilenko just four, but the Nets have improved to 13-5 when Kirilenko plays.