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Spurs Stop Nets' Offense in Its Tracks

The Nets' offense had been rejuvenated since the All-Star break, but it ran into the San Antonio Spurs Sunday evening and went cold. The Nets shot just 35 percent from the field and recorded just eight assists, their lowest total of the season, falling to San Antonio 93-83 at the IZOD Center. After going ahead 2-0 in the opening minute, the Nets would never lead again, as the Spurs were methodical on both ends of the floor all night. The Nets were within shouting distance for most of the game, but the Spurs answered any run they made, never letting the Nets cut the deficit to less than six points in the second half. Tony Parker led the way for San Antonio with 25 points, eight boards and seven assists. Vince Carter and Devin Harris led the Nets with 21 apiece and Richard Jefferson added 18, but the Nets did not get much from anyone else. Harris and Boki Nachbar both suffered hip injuries in the game. The two teams will meet again Tuesday night in San Antonio. The Nets are now in eighth place in the East, a game ahead of Atlanta and half a game behind Philadelphia.