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By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO—The Brooklyn Nets ended 2012 a few hours earlier than most.
Tony Parker had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs held the Nets to only five points in the third quarter en route to a 104-73 win Monday night.
MarShon Brooks had a season-high 16 points to lead Brooklyn (16-15), which suffered its first loss under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Joe Johnson added 12 points and Brook Lopez had 11, but Deron Williams was held to eight points and one assist.
San Antonio set a franchise low for fewest points by an opponent in the third quarter when it held the Nets to 10-percent shooting (2 for 20).Read the full AP Game Recap on NBA.com.
By Tim Price, for NBA.com
TURNING POINT: Despite the Spurs outshooting Brooklyn 65 percent to 49 in the first half and outscoring the Nets by 20 in the paint, San Antonio led by only eight at halftime. But the lack of efficient offense from Brooklyn showed up in the third quarter, even though Williams played all 12 minutes. In addition to the 18 missed shots, the Nets turned the ball over seven times and were outscored 16-2 in the paint. The eight-point Spurs lead turned into 33 heading into the fourth. The five points scored by the Nets is easily their worst in a quarter this season (10 was the previous low), and it was the lowest any team has scored in a third quarter against the Spurs in the history of the franchise.
BAD MOVE: The Nets failed to follow the Spurs' example on offense. Their average shot attempt in the third quarter was from 13 feet, while San Antonio's average shot came from just inside 10. Ultimately, San Antonio outscored Brooklyn 56-32 in the paint.Read the full Game Notebook on NBA.com.
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Keith Bogans||F · Gerald Wallace||C · Brook Lopez|
Kris Humphries (mild abdominal strain) is DAY-TO-DAY.
San Antonio Spurs
|G · Tony Parker||G · Danny Green||F · Kawhi Leonard||F · Tim Duncan||C · Tiago Splitter|
Gary Neal (strained right calf) is OUT.
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|Team-High 16 PTS,
7-12 FGs, 1-1 FTs
|"The first half wasn't good, but it was acceptable. The second half was unacceptable, and that's on us."|