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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, March 29, 2010

NBA: Nets get 10th win, avoid share of NBA’s worst mark

AP Basketball Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New Jersey Nets notched their 10th victory Monday night, avoiding any chance of tying for the worst record in NBA history by beating the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-84.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets,

Public address announcer Gary Sussman shouted "We got 10! The Nets win!" after New Jersey snapped a 14-game losing streak in the series, committing a franchise record-low four turnovers in beating San Antonio for the first time since the 2003 NBA finals.

With Manu Ginobili (lower back spasms) joining Tony Parker on the injured list and Tim Duncan struggling through a poor shooting game, the Spurs had few answers on the second night of a back-to-back following an impressive victory at Boston on Sunday.

George Hill scored 19 points and former Net Richard Jefferson finished with 16 for the Spurs, who fell out of a sixth-place tie in the Western Conference with Oklahoma City and are now in eighth, a half game behind Portland.