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Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs Takeaways and Grades 12/10/16

Dec 10, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44, behind) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets were manhandled by the Spurs on Saturday night, sinking their record to 6-16. The Nets rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, just one and a half games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Spurs, on the other hand, now move to 19-5, second in the Western Conference.

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Unlike many of the Nets’ games this season, this contest was never in reach. The Spurs got out to a 41-26 lead by the end of the first quarter. Ending the final 2:03 of the first quarter on a 12-0 run, the Spurs had all the momentum heading into the second quarter. It was the Spurs’ highest-scoring quarter of the season.

The Nets didn’t let the Spurs get too far ahead of them, though. Both teams managed 26 points in the second quarter. Yet, this wasn’t good enough for the Nets, who were already down 15 points thanks to their first quarter struggles. Kawhi Leonard led both teams with 20 points in the first half, while Bojan Bogdanovic tallied a team-high 14 points for the Nets in the first half. Heading into halftime down 15, the Nets’ chances in the game were quickly diminishing.

The third quarter was quite similar to the first quarter, with the Spurs handing it to the Nets. The Spurs scored 36 points, double the Nets’ third quarter total of just 18 points. Before the end of the third quarter, Leonard had totaled 30 points, boasting the domination of the Spurs.

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In the fourth quarter, the Nets actually managed to outscore the Spurs, but it was far too late. The Nets scored 31 points to the Spurs’ 26 points, making for a final score of 130 to 101. Bogdanovic led the Nets’ with 20 points, while Leonard led all scorers with 30 points.

The 130 points scored by the Spurs marked a season-high for the Spurs in points scored, while the Spurs also set highs in points in a quarter, points in a half, assists, and three-pointers.

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