Ginobili (left hamstring) and Leonard (broken bone in right hand) were already out, and Popovich noticed Parker laboring with a back injury during the first half Wednesday. Parker then sat the remainder of the game, and Duncan played a season-high 40 minutes, well more than Popovich prefers to use the 37-year-old forward and essentially mandating a night off Thursday.
Making matters worse, Boris Diaw then was vomiting during the day at the team hotel because of food poisoning and couldn’t play.
“Really wishing that some of those guys were healthy right now,” said Green, who played 35 minutes after logging 46 Wednesday. “It’s always good to play a lot of minutes, but at the same time it would have been nice to have some of those guys healthy tonight.”
The guys that were left raced to a 20-8 lead and were ahead the whole first quarter, settling for a 24-17 advantage. The Nets took a 40-39 lead into halftime when Williams made a jumper with 38 seconds remaining.
With the Nets leading by two late in the third, Anderson converted a three-point play, his first of seven straight Brooklyn points to end the quarter and give the Nets a 75-68 lead. He another three-point play with the Nets ahead by five in the fourth, and his 3-pointer made it 87-77 and the Nets were comfortably ahead from there.
“I thought he was taking wide-open shots. He was also being aggressive, driving the ball knowing that they didn’t have any shot blocking,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said.
Notes: The Nets’ Joe Johnson and the Belinelli were announced Thursday as competitors in the 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday night. … Parker and Ginobili also missed the Nets' previous victory in the series. The Nets haven’t beaten the Spurs when those two played since Nov. 13, 2002, according to STATS.
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