Going into the game it appeared the San Antonio Spurs would blow out the Brooklyn Nets from the tip. That didn’t happen. The Nets took a 47-42 lead into the half, as they shut the Spurs down early on.
In the second half the Spurs outscored the Nets 60-28. The Spurs allowed the Nets to shoot 40 percent from the field, while they shot 47 percent themselves.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
San Antonio Contained Joe Johnson
Seven-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson isn’t in his prime anymore, but he is still capable of having big nights. That didn’t happen on Friday night.
The Spurs contained Johnson to two points on 1-for-7 shooting. Last season, Johnson shot 28 percent from the field in two games versus San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green did a good job defending Johnson.
LaMarcus Aldridge Looked Better
LaMarcus Aldridge hasn’t had a “LaMarcus Aldridge” type performance in two games with the Spurs, but he is doing some other things well. In the season opener against the Thunder, he shot 4-for-12 and grabbed only five rebounds in 32 minutes.
Against the Nets he went 5-for-11 from the field, going for 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Aldridge wasn’t as aggressive as he should’ve been on offense, but that will come. He made some good plays for his teammates, often looking for the extra pass.
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Good Showing from the Bench
Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili were big contributors in the Spurs win against the Nets. Mills had 11 points (3-of-5 from three-point range) and three assists in 18 minutes. Manu Ginobili finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
It’s tough to select a star performer in the Spurs since it was a balanced effort. Six Spurs scored in double digits against Brooklyn. However, Tim Duncan was the best player for the Spurs by a slight margin.
Despite attempting just seven field goals, Duncan finished with 15 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes. He connected on all seven of his free-throw attempts.
The Spurs will battle the Boston Celtics on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 3:30 p.m. ET.