User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Soccer
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Spurs rebound with huge win in Brooklyn

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Parker has been so outstanding lately that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called it ``beyond an All-Star level.''

Advertisement
Does that mean All-NBA? Maybe even MVP?

``I think he should be in every conversation for any award that's going to be given,'' Popovich said. ``I don't think that is really tough to see. I mean, there's a group of guys, but he should be in that group as one of the guys that's playing the best in the league.''

Parker had 29 points and 11 assists in another brilliant performance without his two sidekicks, and San Antonio dominated the second half to beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-86 on Sunday night.

Two nights after a loss in Detroit ended their 11-game winning streak, the Spurs got back on track quickly behind Parker, who fell short of his third straight 30-point game only because he was so good that he sat out the final minutes of the rout.

Danny Green added 14 points and Tiago Splitter had 13 for the Spurs, who were again without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili because of injuries as they beat the Nets for the fifth straight time and 19th in the last 20 meetings.

Parker, the Western Conference player of the month in January, may be appreciated more without them, but said he wants them on the floor with him.

``I don't care about getting my due and stuff like that. I'm in San Antonio, they always forget about me, so I get used to it,'' Parker said. ``So I definitely prefer to have Timmy and Manu because that's how you win championships. You need more than one player to win championships. You need a whole team and I prefer winning championships than having my due.''

Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Brook Lopez had 18 for the Nets, who were outscored 60-29 in the second half and lost for the sixth time in nine games. Deron Williams finished with 15 points, but was a distant No. 2 when it came to the best point guards on the floor.

``Their execution was excellent. Tony had a very, very good game. But offensively, the push wasn't there in the second half,'' Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. ``A lot of the things that we did well, we stopped doing. We got very careless with the ball, turning it over, getting stripped, not finishing.''

Duncan missed his third straight game due to a sore left knee, while Ginobili was out for the fourth consecutive game with tightness in his left hamstring. Popovich said he would be cautious with the two stars, knowing he needs them later this season.

They're not missing them now - thanks to Parker, who had no turnovers in 35 minutes.

``He's carrying the whole team, especially when Tim and Manu are out. He's doing everything on the court,'' teammate and fellow Frenchman Boris Diaw said.

Parker had 10 points and four assists in the third quarter, when San Antonio outscored Brooklyn 30-14 to turn a six-point halftime deficit into an 81-71 advantage. He'd had 31 points and eight assists in both of the previous two games, and just missed a fourth 30-point game in his last six.

Getting into the lane with ease and knocking down consecutive jumpers at one point when he didn't, he was 5 of 6 from the floor in the quarter, making any Nets defender look completely overmatched.

The Spurs then put it away early in the fourth. Parker returned from a rest with San Antonio leading by 10 and helped the Spurs run off 10 straight points. Matt Bonner and Diaw made consecutive 3-pointers, Parker added another basket, and Stephen Jackson drove for a layup that made it 95-75 and had the Nets hearing boos in their new home for one of the few times this season.

``I mean, (we) deserve it,'' Williams said. ``These people pay money to come see us play and play better than that. You can't ever be mad at that.''

Johnson said the Nets have a problem responding lately when teams seize the momentum.

``I don't know what it is, but you know, it just seems when a team makes a run on us, man it just takes the air out of us,'' he said. ``It shouldn't be that way. We should be able to respond, especially on our floor, but it hasn't been the case.''

Carlesimo said his team was lacking the same enthusiasm and confidence it had when he first took over. The Nets got off to a fast start Sunday, but another bad third quarter - though not as bad as the 30-5 whipping the Spurs put on them in San Antonio on New Year's Eve - ruined all they had done well in the first half.

Lopez capped a 10-point first quarter with a jumper with 2.9 seconds left, and the Nets shot 64 percent in the period for a 35-25 lead. The Spurs tightened things up in the second, cutting it to 57-51 at halftime - when Diaw said they got a scolding from Popovich - then surged ahead behind Parker's mastery.

The Spurs improved to 2-1 on their nine-game rodeo road trip, which ties the longest in franchise history.

Notes: The Spurs beat the Nets 104-73 on New Year's Eve in Brooklyn's third game under Carlesimo, an assistant to Popovich in San Antonio from 2002-07. ``We kicked his (butt),'' Popovich joked before the game. ``We just drilled him and we loved it.'' ... The Nets installed six large-scale photographs of the Black Fives, early 20th century African-American basketball teams, Sunday throughout Barclays Center's main concourse. General manager Billy King presented a commemorative plaque to descendants of the teams, who played from 1904-50, during a halftime ceremony.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Friday's Tip Sheet
Akins: Hoop Trends - Friday
Sportsbook: Friday's Top Action
Marshall: Trade Deadline Review
Bulls' Gasol out for Timberwolves game
NBA to report on crunch-time calls
Bulls expect Rose to return this season
Cousins doubtful to play against Spurs
LeBron not happy colleges recruiting son
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
13-6 Run, 14-5 L19 G-Plays, +2,776
4-1 L5 G-Plays, +1,882 This Year
15-5 L20, 29-8 L37, 73% +1,831 TY
10-3 L7 Days, 20-6 L26 Totals
5-1 Last 6 Selections
7-2 L9 Guaranteed Plays
+1,412 Guarantees This Year
19-10 Last 29 NBA Picks
20-10 Last 30 Guarantees
5-1 L6 Over/Under Plays
+1,230 Overall This Year
3-0 Last 3 Guarantees
7-3 Last 10 Over/Unders
12-6 Last 18 Selections
7-2 L9, 13-5 L18 Guarantees
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks- Minnesota Timberwolves at Chicago Bulls
2014 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 2776
Mark Franco + 1882
Dave Cokin + 1831
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 843
Jimmy Boyd + 680
Stephen Nover + 655
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 73 %
Stephen Nover 59 %
Marc Lawrence 59 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 1841
Dave Cokin + 1539
Kevin Rogers + 1412
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1205
Tony Stoffo + 969
Stephen Nover + 555
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 988
Bill Marzano + 856
Michael Black + 850
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb