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Spurs vs. Nets recap, reactions: LaMarcus Aldridge, Patty Mills put on a show

By Ryan Kostrzewa
BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 17: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on January 17, 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - JANUARY 17: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on January 17, 2018 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The Spurs earned the 99-93 win in Brooklyn behind a duo of monster performances.

The Spurs traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Nets Wednesday evening, but after the afternoon announcement that Kawhi Leonard would be out indefinitely, no one could blame the silver and black if they came out looking flat. Instead, the Spurs put on one of their better performances in recent memory, backed by a solid all-around effort and another statement game by LaMarcus Aldridge.

Pau Gasol set the tone for the team early, scoring six early in the first quarter to keep pace with the Nets, and Patty Mills hit two consecutive three-point shots to spark a small run which would give the Spurs a five-point lead going into the second quarter. The duel continued in the second quarter, as the teams matched each other shot-for-shot. Aldridge and Mills combined to score the last 13 points of the quarter for San Antonio and had combined for 26 at the half, carrying a five-point lead into halftime.

The Spurs momentum continued in the third quarter. After extending the lead to nine at 57-50, the Silver and Black went on a 10-0 run sparked by a fierce dunk by Aldridge to extend the lead to 67-50. Aldridge continued to dominate for the remainder of the quarter, and the Spurs took a 76-64 lead into the final quarter.

Mills opened the fourth with another three-pointer, but the Nets made a push in the last quarter, cutting the Spurs’ lead to 4 with 19 seconds to go, but Brooklyn ran out of gas and San Antonio claimed the 100-95 victory on the heels of Aldridge’s 34 point performance and seven three-pointers from Mills. Allen Crabbe led the Nets with 20 points, and Joe Harris added 18 off the bench.

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The Spurs will travel to Toronto on Friday to face one of the favorites to come out of the East, the Toronto Raptors. Gametime is 6:00 p.m. CST. on FSSW.

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