SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs handed the Brooklyn Nets another embarrassing loss.
Tony Parker had 18 points to lead six players in double figures and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 113-92 victory over the listless Brooklyn Nets, who on Tuesday night.
Brooklyn (10-30) began the season with the same hope as a New Year's Eve celebration after a blockbuster trade brought former NBA champions Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the team. That promise ended quickly and the lackluster loss to San Antonio was a microcosm of their season so far.
Ginobili and Tim Duncan had 15 points each and Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills each had 12 for the Spurs, who shot 51 percent and never trailed after the opening two minutes.
"It's embarrassing," Pierce said. "You go out and you're down 30 at the end of the third quarter, give up 98 points (entering the fourth); it's embarrassing. I don't think I've been a part of this many blowouts in one season, already. At some point we've got to have our pride come from each individual and say we've had enough of this. It's extremely embarrassing."
Pierce was limited to six points on 2-for-7 shooting and Garnett was held to two points, failing to make a field goal for only the second time in his 19-year career and the first time since 1996.
It got so bad for the Nets they couldn't even end the game. Brooklyn was forced to call a timeout with 0.2 seconds left after a long delay because they only had four players who hadn't retreated to the locker room - thinking the game had ended. Several Nets had not fully retreated and were still in the walkway leading to the back of the AT&T Center, but resumed after initially stopping when the officials ruled the game was not over. With first-year coach Jason Kidd and his staff standing around puzzled, Andrei Kirilenko slowly walked back to the court and was subbed in along with Joe Johnson to complete the game with an inbounds pass.
"They thought the game was over, there was no confusion," Kidd said. "They had left; they thought the game was over. Tom (Washington, official) asked if I needed to take a timeout just to get two guys back."
Pierce was asked if Kidd, who is in his first year as a coach after a stellar NBA career, had lost the team.
"What are you talking about, I don't understand the question," Pierce said. "I don't, I don't . What do you mean, lost? Do I listen to Jason? I listen to Jason. I do what he says. He's our coach. I don't get into all that."