Anderson, Nets hold off Spurs reserves

NEW YORK — They were bloodied and eventually beaten, though not before delivering the type of effort Gregg Popovich always expects of his Spurs. Even with two players wearing protective face masks on the court at the same time.

"I know we didn't look pretty," Popovich said. "I'm more interested in results than how we look. So I thought they performed well."

The shorthanded Spurs hung in, but Alan Anderson scored 19 of his 22 in the second half to lead the Nets to a 103-89 victory Thursday.

Anderson's three-point play put the Nets ahead by five in the fourth quarter, and his 3-pointer made it 87-77 to secure the win.

Playing without Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs were within five early in the fourth quarter before the Nets pulled away. Nando De Colo was bleeding from the nose after contact with Andrei Kirilenko. He returned wearing a mask. Bonner, also wearing a mask, said he broke another bone in his nose during the game.

CAVS FIRE GM: The Cavaliers fired general manager Chris Grant a day after an embarrassing home loss to a Lakers team that started with eight players and finished with five. Vice president of basketball operations David Griffin will serve as acting general manager. Owner Dan Gilbert decided to stay with coach Mike Brown for now.

KNICKS COACH: SEASON 'a DISASTER': Knicks coach Mike Woodson assessed himself and his team. "This year has been, for me, it's been kind of a disaster from a coaching standpoint in trying to get players to compete and play at a high level," Woodson said. Some players expressed frustration with Woodson to Knicks management, ESPN reported.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Damian Lillard of the Blazers will become the first player to compete in three events during All-Star Saturday in New Orleans. Lillard will defend his Skills Challenge title and compete in the slam dunk and 3-point contests. … Heat guard Mario Chalmers was fined $5,000 for violating anti-flopping rules.

Nets 103, Spurs 89

SAN ANTONIO (89): Belinelli 4-6 3-4 12, Green 6-11 2-2 17, Splitter 2-6 1-1 5, Joseph 5-12 7-7 18, De Colo 4-9 3-4 11, Ayres 0-1 1-2 1, Bonner 0-3 2-2 2, Mills 6-13 2-2 16, Brown 2-8 1-3 5, Baynes 0-4 2-2 2. Totals 29-73 24-29 89.

BROOKLYN (103): Johnson 4-10 0-0 8, Pierce 5-6 1-1 12, Garnett 4-9 0-0 8, Williams 7-14 1-2 16, Livingston 4-9 0-0 8, Blatche 5-12 0-0 10, Anderson 9-15 2-2 22, Kirilenko 1-3 2-4 4, Teletovic 4-10 0-0 8, Plumlee 3-4 1-1 7, Teague 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-93 7-10 103.

San Antonio 24 15 29 21— 89

Brooklyn 17 23 35 28— 103

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 7-21 (Green 3-4, Mills 2-7, Belinelli 1-2, Joseph 1-3, Brown 0-1, Bonner 0-2, De Colo 0-2), Brooklyn 4-13 (Anderson 2-3, Pierce 1-1, Williams 1-3, Teletovic 0-1, Teague 0-1, Blatche 0-2, Johnson 0-2). ReboundsSan Antonio 43 (Green 8), Brooklyn 56 (Garnett 9). AssistsSan Antonio 14 (Green, Joseph 3), Brooklyn 29 (Williams 8). Total FoulsSan Antonio 12, Brooklyn 24. TechnicalsSan Antonio def. three second, Brooklyn def. three second. A17,732 (17,732).

Anderson, Nets hold off Spurs reserves 02/06/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 12:29am]

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