The Spurs didn’t have Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili last night, but Tony Parker on his own was far more than the Nets could handle.
Parker became the latest in a long line of quick guards to carve up the Nets’ defense, finishing with a surgical 29 points and 11 assists while shooting 12-for-21 from the field and committing no turnovers as the Spurs routed the Nets in the second half and cruised to a 111-86 victory in front of 17,014 inside Barclays Center.
“The strategy [to stop Parker] was to get as much help as we could for the guy who was covering him, and play his pick-and-rolls, and if he beat us, make him beat us outside,” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.
“The strategy obviously wasn’t good enough tonight.”
The Nets (29-22), who have lost three of their last four games and six of their last nine, led 57-51 at halftime before they were outclassed by the depleted Spurs in the second half. The league-leading Spurs (40-12) outscored the Nets 60-29 while shooting nearly 65 percent (24-for-37) from the field and 7-for-12 (58 percent) from 3-point range.
Meanwhile, the Nets shot 36 percent from the field, went 1-for-9 from 3-point range and committed 11 turnovers that led to 19 Spurs points.
“We should take a look at the guys in the locker room over there,” Gerald Wallace said of the Spurs. “One through 15, everybody comes in and knows their role. It doesn’t matter who they have on the court. Their offense looks the same, their defense looks the same, regardless of who is playing and who is not playing.
“We have to get that mentality. Regardless of who is on the court for us or what’s going on, our offense and defense has to be the same for all four quarters, regardless of what’s [happening] on the scoreboard.”
But, more than anything, what happened to the Nets was Parker repeatedly having his way with the Nets, playing as well as any point guard possibly could and thoroughly outclassing Deron Williams.
Parker outclasses Williams as Spurs rout sinking Nets
New York Post | Feb 11