Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NBA ; Spurs Beat Nets for 8th Straight Win

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NBA ; Spurs Beat Nets for 8th Straight Win

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NEW YORK - The Spurs are the NBA's pillar of consistency of stability, an organization these Nets could only hope to resemble on the court and in the front office. "San Antonio is the golden standard for the NBA, Nets interim coach Tony Brown said.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Spurs extended their winning streak to eight with a 106-79 victory Monday night over Brooklyn in the Nets' first game since an organizational shake-up.

A day after coach Lionel Hollins was fired and general manager Billy King reassigned, the Nets dropped their 10th straight at home and fifth in a row overall.

"We ran into a sledgehammer of a team, Brown said. "They definitely know how to play together and that's something we're going to strive and try to do here.

Kawhi Leonard added 17 points for the Spurs, who go to Detroit on Tuesday before putting their 31-game home winning streak on the line Thursday in a showdown with Cleveland.

The Spurs (33-6) were up seven at halftime before dominating the second half, just as they did in their 102-75 victory over the Nets on Oct. 30. Those are two of their 14 wins by 20 or more points this season, and their leadership under Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford matters just as much as the contributions of the players.

"It's consistency, Aldridge said. "There's no surprises. You know what you're going to get day in and day out, game in game out, so it just makes it easier to do your job for sure.

Brook Lopez scored 18 points and Joe Johnson had 16 for the Nets, who haven't won at home in more than a month. Brown moved guards Wayne Ellington and Donald Sloan into the starting lineup, but they combined for just 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

The Nets fell to 10-28, hours after owner Mikhail Prokhorov said the team needed a "reset and that choosing to start it in the middle of the season was an easy decision. But no change could change things against the Spurs, the latest visiting team to win the crowd and the game in Brooklyn. …

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