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.