Devin Harris wasted no time making himself at home with New Jersey, but he's about to run into a familiar Western Conference rival.
Harris looks to build on an impressive Nets debut Sunday when he tries to lead his new team to its first win over the West-leading San Antonio Spurs in more than five years.
Harris was acquired on Feb. 19 in an eight-player deal that sent Jason Kidd to Dallas. The Nets (26-32) parted ways with the point guard who led them to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 in order to acquire Harris, who is nearly 10 years younger.
Harris no doubt made the team feel a little better about the move on Thursday, when he scored 21 points in New Jersey's 120-106 win over Milwaukee. Harris, who was nursing a sprained left ankle when the deal was made, came off the bench with 2:47 left in the first quarter and had scored 16 points by the time he went back sat down again 5:34 before halftime.
He practiced with his new team for the first time a day earlier and was a game-time decision.
"I was very anxious to get out there," said Harris, who hit all six of his shots in the first half. "I was running a mile a minute and I was glad I got the start I did in the first half. I just felt good and everything was going in."
Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson each added 19 points for the Nets, who are tied with Philadelphia for eighth in the Eastern Conference standings. Saturday's win was their sixth in nine games.
"I am not Jason Kidd," Harris said. "He does things that I can't do and I do things that he can't do, so I just try to be the best that I can."
In his second game with the Nets, Harris will be up against a former division rival in San Antonio (40-17). In 12 career games against the Spurs, he has averaged 9.6 points and 2.8 assists.
The Nets have dropped four straight at home and nine straight overall against the Spurs since a 91-82 win in New Jersey on Nov. 13, 2002.
"I'm always looking forward to the match up," Harris told the Nets' official team Web site. "(Point guard) Tony (Parker)'s a great match up, San Antonio's a great team. It's always a challenge. It's a new challenge with a different team."
Parker scored 26 points in Saturday's 96-94 win over Milwaukee - San Antonio's season-high eighth straight victory. Parker had his best scoring night since returning Feb. 21 after missing nine games with left ankle inflammation.
"That was Tony's best game since he came back off the injury," coach Gregg Popovich said. "He looked really confident with his shot, which is what we've been looking for. And he attacked aggressively. He looked much more like the Tony that we're used to."
Manu Ginobili added 30 points, including a 17-footer with 13.2 seconds left as the Spurs are enjoying their longest winning streak since a 13-game run from Feb. 13-March 13, 2007.
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