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Third Quarter Drought Beats Nets in San Antonio

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It was probably only a matter of time. The Nets actually led the Spurs early in the third quarter Sunday night in San Antonio and were down just one with 7 1/2 minutes to go in the period. But that's when the inevitable Spurs run (14-2) gave them control of the game. They led by as many as 17 early in the fourth and held on for a 12-point win. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 28 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. It was Lopez's highest scoring game since he had 31 vs. Charlotte on Dec. 4. Yi Jianlian finished with 16 points and eight boards, but shot just 4-17 from the field. Eduardo Najera, expected to be traded to Dallas Monday, was excused to get a head start on moving. As a team, the Nets shot just 40 percent.