Manu Ginobili scored 26 points to help the San Antonio Spurs (48-10) beat the New Jersey Nets (17-41) 106-96 in Deron Williams’ debut in Nets uniform at the AT&T Center.
The game was close at half time but the Spurs pulled away in second half behind a strong third quarter effort.
What are the numbers that stood out in this Spurs’ latest victory? Let’s find out!
84.6 – The Spurs made their free throws, hitting 22-of-26 (84.6%) shots from the foul line. The Nets weren’t that bad either, making 17-of-21 (81.0%) of their free throw attempts.
50 – San Antonio dominated the inside battle, outscoring the Nets 50-30 on inside points.
46.3 – The Spurs shot fairly well, connecting on 38-of-82 (46.3%) attempts from the floor while holding the Nets to 37-of-85 (43.5%) from the field.
42 – San Antonio made their shots from beyond the arc, hitting 8-of-19 (42.1%) from the three point line. The Nets on the other hand made only 5-of-21 (23.8%) attempts from behind the arc. The Spurs also out-rebounded the Nets 42-37.
35 – The Spurs outscored the Nets 35-18 in the third quarter to build a 14 point lead entering the final period.
27 – The Nets shared the ball better, dishing out 27 assists compared to the Spurs’ 22. However, the Spurs edged the Nets on fast break points 27-25.
26 – Manu Ginobili had a game-high 26 points and added six rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block for the Spurs.
25 – Antony Morrow led the Nets with 25 points and five rebounds off the bench.
19 – With Neal out because of an injury, George Hill stepped up scoring 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds off the Spurs’ bench.
17 – Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair scored 17 points and grabbed six boards each for the Spurs.
14 – Deron Williams debuted with a double-double performance for the Nets, scoring 14 points and dishing out 12 assists.
13 – Tony Parker stuffed the stats sheet with 13 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Spurs. Brook Lopez added 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal for the Nets.
6 – Matt Bonner and rookie James Anderson scored six points a piece off the Spurs’ bench.
0 – Antonio McDyess went scoreless in 11 minutes of action. Hill, Bonner, Anderson and McDyess did not commit a single turnover for the entire game.
Rookie Watch: Anderson took advantage of the given playing time, he had six points, two assists and one rebound in 18 minutes. Tiago Splitter missed his sixth straight game because of a left hamstring injury. Gary Neal didn’t play after feeling headaches and sensitivity to light following the morning shoot around.
What’s Next? The Spurs will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
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