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Nets lead at halftime but get blown out in San Antonio

Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots

Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots over Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on Oct. 30, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Chris Covatta

SAN ANTONIO - Brook Lopez pounded his chest with his right fist angrily, bothered how things were unraveling in a frustrating third quarter.

LaMarcus Aldridge had just stuffed Lopez's shot, igniting a Spurs fast break that led to a Kawhi Leonard jumper and sparked the AT&T Center crowd into a frenzy. All the good things the Nets had done in grabbing their first halftime advantage since 2011 at their personal house of horrors had vanished, replaced by discouraging play ripe with mistakes.

Inconsistency had reared its ugly head and the Nets bid to snap their 12-game road losing streak to San Antonio fell way short in a 102-75 loss to the Spurs on Friday night.

Lopez led the Nets (0-2) with 17 points and Jarrett Jack had 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds in his return after sitting out Wednesday's season opener with a sore left hamstring.

Leonard paced the Spurs (1-1) with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Tim Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Brooklyn's penchant for struggling in the third quarter accelerated its demise. The Nets went 6-for-14 from the field, turning the ball over seven times, and let San Antonio connect on 15 of 23 attempts, including 4-for-6 beyond the three-point arc.

The Spurs went ahead for good on a putback by North Babylon native Danny Green with 6:30 remaining in the third quarter, grabbing a 61-48 advantage and completely erasing the Nets' 47-42 halftime edge.

The Nets' first halftime lead in San Antonio in four seasons, which also happened to be their largest since they held a six-point edge in 2009, could have been even larger if San Antonio didn't drain buzzer-beating three-pointers to close the first and second quarters. But in the end, it really didn't matter and the Nets are staring at the possibility of beginning their season 0-3 with a date in Memphis on tap for Saturday.


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