The San Antonio Spurs did something on Wednesday Spurs fans have not been accustomed to seeing recently, that is, losing. San Antonio fell to the Brooklyn Nets 95-93 in an overtime thriller, ending their eight game win streak.
Dec 3, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts against the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
After leading at halftime, 42-40, the Spurs found themselves down heading into the fourth quarter thanks to a 28-16 third quarter in favor of the Nets.
San Antonio really had to exert a lot of energy in the fourth to push the game to overtime, just barely making it happen by way of a Danny Green three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in the game.
Unfortunately, after a great fourth quarter, the Spurs just did not have that extra push to lead them to victory. The Nets took an early 91-88 lead early in overtime following a Deron Williams three and never looked back.
Manu Ginobili had a chance to win the game for San Antonio, but, came up just short on a three-point attempt at the buzzer, giving Brooklyn, which never trailed in overtime, the win.
The Spurs, who showed up only 90 mintues before tip-off due to traffic, were very sluggish to start the game. That theme continued throughout the night with San Antonio shooting 35.6% on the night.
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While Brooklyn shot the ball poorly from the field as well, only connecting on 41.1% of attempts, the Nets were able to power through thanks to their efficiency from three, 9-of-19 from beyond the arc.
All major categories between the two teams were even. The rebounding battle was 58-54 in favor of the Spurs while points in the paint were 46-42 in favor of the Nets.
Although the Spurs played poorly against an under .500 Nets team, there were some positive takeaways. Danny Green had a strong night for San Antonio, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Manu Ginobili also played well off the bench, 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
For Brooklyn, their winning effort was headed by the down low duo of Mirza Teletovic and Brook Lopez. Teletovic had a monster night, finishing with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Lopez ended the game with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
It was the story of the starters for the Nets as their starting five combined for 81 of the team’s 95 points.
The loss pushed the Spurs to 13-5 on the season while the Nets improved to 8-9 with the win.
Next up for San Antonio is the conclusion of this four game road trip against the NBA leading Memphis Grizzlies on Friday at 7 p.m. CT.
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