Tonight, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Brooklyn Nets 104-73 behind a third quarter in which San Antonio completely dominated, outscoring the Nets 30-5. The Nets’ five points that quarter were a franchise record low in a quarter. The Nets were competitive in the first half and the bench kept the Nets close in the second quarter. Deron Williams struggled as did the rest of the starting line-up. After the game, Williams admitted that he may be feeling fatigued. The Nets missed Gerald Wallace, who was out with a bruised left knee.
In the forgettable third quarter, the Nets relied on too much isolation basketball. Most of their shots missed badly. On the defensive end, the Nets let San Antonio get easy, open shots. P.J. Carlesimo must be very upset with his starters right now. Let’s hope the Nets don’t ever play this badly in 2013.
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Player grades and notes
Deron Williams: F
Finished the game with 1 assist and a -35. He scored all of the Nets’ five points in the third quarter. He was outclassed tonight by Tony Parker. Something must be off with Williams.
Joe Johnson: C-
Johnson had some nice buckets in the second quarter, including an and-one floater on Tim Duncan. He was a big reason why the Nets were competitive with San Antonio through two quarters. He did not score once in the second half, though. Finished with 12 points.
Keith Bogans: D
Bogans didn’t do anything that I can remember. Had 0 points in 20 minutes.
Reggie Evans: B-
Evans had 9 rebounds but took a very unfortunate short corner jump shot that clanged off the rim so hard that it bounced over the backboard.
Brook Lopez: C-
Lopez did not play well tonight and had a bunch of lazy moments.
MarShon Brooks: B-
MarShon had 16 points, mostly scored in fourth quarter garbage time. He also played in the third quarter and missed a few bad shots, like everyone else on the team.
The Nets were underdogs in this game and were obliterated. They play another elite team in the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday and will be underdogs once again. The good news is that December has now passed. The Nets had a terrible December and they need to have a better January. They are now 16-15.