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Nets Come Back to Beat Spurs for Win No. 10

Fred Carter can pop the champagne. He's still the best player on the worst team in NBA history and the 1972-73 Sixers will not have company in the record book, because the Nets got their 10th win of the season on Monday night at the Izod Center, defeating the Spurs 90-84. The Spurs led most of the night, but the Nets hung close and took a brief lead early in the fourth quarter. An 8-0 run put them up three with less than four minutes to go and they went up by as many as six. The Spurs had the ball down three with 12.2 seconds left, but Tim Duncan threw the ball away and Devin Harris and Terrence Williams sealed the win at the foul line.

The Nets shot just 38 percent from the field, but turned the ball over only four times all game. After allowing the Spurs to score 33 points in the first quarter ,they held them to just 51 the rest of the way. Brook Lopez led them with 22 points and 11 boards. Courtney Lee added 19 points and Harris finished with 17 points and nine assists. Williams came up big down the stretch, scoring 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a key jumper that put the Nets up six with 2:40 to go.

It was the Nets' first victory over the Spurs after 14 straight regular season losses.  It was also the Nets' third win in four games.