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Nets Fall to Spurs in Williams' Debut But He Gets First Double-Double

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If the Nets had their way, Deron Williams wouldn't have made his debut in San Antonio, where the best team in the league was 26-2 entering Friday's game. And Williams will have to wait at least another night before he gets his first win in a Nets uniform, because the Spurs used a huge third quarter to come away with 106-96 victory at the AT&T Center.

A 9-0 run near the end of the second quarter helped the Nets take a one-point lead into the half. But the Spurs took control with a 35-18 third quarter and the Nets could only get to within seven in the fourth. The Spurs out-shot the Nets from the field, from the 3-point range and from the free throw line and gave up 50 points in the paint.

Williams shot just 5-for-13 from the field, but finished with a double-double, 14 points and 12 assists, in his debut. He re-aggravated his right wrist injury (strained tendon) late in the first quarter, but returned in the second. Anthony Morrow led the Nets with 25 points on 7-for-11 from the field. Brook Lopez finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, but made just five of his 13 shots and flubbed an alley-oop from Williams.

Mikhail Prokhorov made a special trip to San Antonio to meet his new acquisition, which “meant a lot” to Williams.