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Nets win 10th: Sixers of '72-73 still the worst

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There will be no infamy for the New Jersey Nets.

The Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs, 90-84, last night for their 10th win this season. They will not sink as low as the 1972-73 76ers, who posted the NBA's worst mark ever at 9-73.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who grabbed control with a 15-4 run late in the fourth quarter.

Announcer Gary Sussman shouted, "We got 10! The Nets win!" after New Jersey snapped a 14-game losing streak in the series, committing a franchise-record-low four turnovers in beating San Antonio for the first time since the 2003 NBA Finals.

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With Manu Ginobili (lower back spasms) joining Tony Parker on the injured list and Tim Duncan struggling through a poor shooting game, the Spurs had few answers.

George Hill scored 19 points and former Net Richard Jefferson finished with 16 after a strong start for the Spurs, who fell out of a sixth-place tie in the Western Conference with Oklahoma City and Portland.

They were helped yesterday when Ginobili, the reigning Western Conference player of the week, was having such a bad time with his back that he had trouble putting his pants on in the morning. Then reserve Roger Mason Jr. was forced to sit out the second half with a sprained right pinky knuckle.

Duncan finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds but missed eight of his first 12 shots before finishing 6 of 15 from the field.

Courtney Lee scored 19 points and Devin Harris had 17 points and nine assists for the Nets. Terrence Williams had 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

The Nets tied it at 72 on Williams' three with 8 minutes, 13 seconds remaining, but Hill scored before setting up Matt Bonner's trey for a 77-72 lead with 6:12 left. The Nets answered with eight straight to regain the lead. After a rare basket by Duncan, Lopez slammed down Harris' alley-oop pass for an 82-79 edge with 3:27 left.

A free throw by Lopez and a basket by Williams pushed it to 85-79, but San Antonio was back within three after Bonner's three-pointer with 34 seconds left. The Spurs got the ball back after Harris' miss, but Duncan threw away a pass, and the Nets closed it out from the foul line.

San Antonio 33 13 20 18 – 84

New Jersey 27 16 19 28 – 90

   FG   FT   Reb   

S. ANTONIO Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts   

Jefferson 38:10   5-11   6-7   1-5   5   4   16   

Duncan 30:37   6-15   1-4   3-12   4   1   13   

McDyess 21:06   0-2   0-0   2-5   4   4   0   

Hill 39:26   8-19   2-2   1-4   3   1   19   

Bogans 19:25   0-2   1-4   0-1   0   3   1   

Mason 8:55   3-5   0-0   0-1   2   0   7   

Bonner 26:54   4-11   0-1   2-9   3   2   10   

Blair 17:23   5-9   1-2   5-11   1   1   11   

Temple 11:38   1-4   0-0   0-0   1   0   3   

Hairston 26:26   2-4   0-0   2-5   0   3   4   

Totals 240:00   34-82   11-20   16-53   23   19   84   

Percentages: FG .415, FT .550. 3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Bonner 2-7, Mason 1-1, Temple 1-1, Hill 1-3, Jefferson 0-1, Bogans 0-2). Team Rebounds: 13. Team Turnovers: 16 (11 Pts). Blocked Shots: 4 (Duncan 2, Jefferson, McDyess). Turnovers: 16 (Duncan 4, Hill 3, McDyess 3, Blair 2, Bonner 2, Hairston, Jefferson). Steals: 1 (Bonner). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 5:30 second; Defensive three second, 2:49 fourth.

   FG   FT   Reb   

NEW JERSEY Min   M-A   M-A   O-T   A   PF   Pts   

Hayes 22:02   1-5   0-0   0-0   1   2   3   

Yi 31:11   3-12   2-2   1-7   0   2   8   

Lopez 38:04   7-14   8-9   6-12   3   3   22   

Harris 38:03   6-16   4-6   0-2   9   2   17   

Lee 35:50   7-13   3-3   1-6   0   2   19   

Williams 26:10   4-13   4-4   1-7   3   2   13   

Douglas-Roberts 8:11   0-1   0-0   0-0   2   1   0   

Humphries 16:37   2-4   0-0   0-4   0   1   4   

Boone 9:56   0-1   0-0   1-5   0   2   0   

Dooling 13:56   2-6   0-0   0-0   1   2   4   

Totals 240:00   32-85   21-24   10-43   19   19   90   

Percentages: FG .376, FT .875. 3-Point Goals: 5-19, .263 (Lee 2-3, Williams 1-3, Harris 1-4, Hayes 1-5, Yi 0-1, Dooling 0-3). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 4 (3 Pts). Blocked Shots: 2 (Humphries, Yi). Turnovers: 4 (Williams 2, Dooling, Lee). Steals: 6 (Boone, Harris, Hayes, Lee, Lopez, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

A: 13,053 (18,974). T: 2:17. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Bennie Adams, Haywoode Workman.

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