SAN ANTONIO, June 4 (Ticker) -- Tim Duncan needed the first half to solve the defense of the New Jersey Nets. He used the second half to decimate it.

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Duncan dominated the second half and demoralized the Nets as the San Antonio Spurs took a 101-89 win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Duncan scored 24 of his 32 points after halftime, when the Spurs turned a tie game into a Texas-sized party at the SBC Center. He finished with 20 rebounds, seven blocks and six assists, having an answer to all of New Jersey's defensive schemes.

When asked what kind of adjustments his team could make, Nets guard Kerry Kittles said, "I don't know. Ask coach."

"We didn't really do the things we talked about doing, to be honest with you," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "We were not very aggressive as far as our digging back and going back there (to the post), trying to discourage Tim. I don't know if the game plan worked or not. I want to give it a shot."

Tim Duncan towered over the Nets in Game 1.
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Nets guard Jason Kidd had a better idea.

"Send him to the old arena -- the Alamodome -- while we play here," he said.

That might not even work. Duncan saw a quartet of defenders and about a half-dozen different looks in the first half from the Nets, who were able to limit the two-time NBA MVP to eight points. But with a little help from Tony Parker, he took control with 13 points in the third quarter.

"I thought they called a few more plays for me and I had an opportunity to get the ball in there and draw some double-teams," said Duncan, who picked the Nets apart.

"I thought in the second half, we did a good job of taking our time and we got the ball to our quarterback, through Tim Duncan, and that always helps, his sort of initiating offense," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Duncan made 11-of-17 shots, thoroughly frustrating Martin, Aaron Williams, Rodney Rogers and even Dikembe Mutombo. He forced the Nets to take a novel approach to stopping him as Jason Collins inadvertently popped him in the mouth in the last two minutes. Unfazed, Duncan walked to the other end and calmly sank both free throws.

"It's good to know what we can do against these guys," Duncan said. "It's good to know how to attack these guys."

While Duncan was dominating, Jason Kidd was careening out of control. The superstar point guard made his first two shots, missed 10 in a row and finished 4-of-17 from the field. He had 10 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds but never got New Jersey's running game in gear.

"There's no excuse for me personally," Kidd said. I didn't shoot the ball extremely well. That's not what I'm known for."

"It was just a bad night for him," Parker said. "He missed a lot of wide-open shots."

The Nets came in with 10 straight playoff wins, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history. They left with a record fifth straight loss in the NBA Finals.

They will try to get even in Game 2 on Friday, trying again to stop Duncan.

"He's seen it all -- double-teams, triple-teams and he spreads the floor extremely well," said Kidd, who also had some trouble containing Parker.

Parker scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half. His jumper and three-pointer highlighted a 10-2 burst that snapped a 42-42 halftime tie and gave the Spurs the lead for good.

"I thought he had an excellent mentality in the second half," Duncan said. "He came off screens and got in the middle and really made them pay."

The Nets crept within 58-55 midway through the period before Duncan took control. He made three jumpers, three free throws, found Stephen Jackson with an outlet pass for a dunk and even threw in a steal. He drew a fourth foul on the bench-bound Martin and built the lead to 74-59 entering the final period.

"The guy is going to score," Scott said. "He's such a great offensive weapon. When he starts hitting jump shots from 17 feet, then you're in trouble."

That left only one question unanswered -- would the Spurs lose their lead, as they had in five previous postseason games. Duncan made sure they didn't.

After two inside hoops, his 15-footer actually widened the advantage to 84-68 with 6:32 to play. Down the stretch, he totally controlled the paint on both ends, grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and even sinking free throws, finishing 10-of-14 from the line.

The Spurs got a big game from the retiring David Robinson, who scored 14 points and blocked four shots. Jackson and Malik Rose scored 12 points apiece as San Antonio shook off a slow start to shoot 49 percent (39-of-79).

"I'm just going to continue to try and give them everything I have," Robinson said. "Six games left, I'm going to have some fun."

Martin hung in as well as could be expected, totaling 21 points and 12 boards before fouling out. Richard Jefferson and Lucious Harris scored 15 points each, but the Nets shot just 37 percent (33-of-89) from the floor.

Afterward, Martin was upset with the officiating, barking at a reporter, "You going to pay my fine if I say something?"

The Spurs hadn't played in five days and the Nets had been idle for 10. At the outset, both teams looked to be out of rhythm and overly concerned with stopping the other's strength.

San Antonio sprinted back on defense to cut off the fast break of New Jersey, which shadowed Duncan and left lanes to the basket for his teammates.

Martin did well to front Duncan and poke away the ball a couple of times. But Duncan kept playing on the other end with seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal in the first quarter.

"I thought Kenyon did a great job of fronting and getting behind and really being active," Duncan said.

Kidd went cold after making his first two shots. When he sat down at the outset of the second quarter, a 21-18 lead turned into a 29-26 deficit. Robinson, Jackson and Rose picked up the slack for the Spurs.