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Spurs Beat Nets for 14th Straight Time

The Nets will head into the All-Star break at five games below .500 and out of the playoff picture after falling to the Spurs 108-93 at the IZOD Center Tuesday night. The Nets never led, but they did keep the game close until early in the third quarter. A 10-0 Spurs run then opened the game up and the Nets never recovered. San Antonio shot 50 percent from the field and was led by Tim Duncan, who finished with 25 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four blocks. Many of those assists went to sharpshooter Matt Bonner, who finished with 22 points on 8-10 shooting, including 4-5 from downtown. Vince Carter and Devin Harris combined for 46 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, but they didn't get much help. Brook Lopez finished with 18 points, but only four boards and one assist. He did not block a shot. Carter had a strong second quarter but Bruce Bowen and double teams bothered him in the second half. The Nets turned the ball over just five times, but attempted just eight free throws.