NEW YORK – The Spurs are the NBA’s pillar of consistency and stability, an organization these Nets could only hope to resemble — on the court and in the front office.
“San Antonio is the gold standard for the NBA,” Nets interim coach Tony Brown said.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Spurs extended their winning streak to eight with a 106-79 victory Monday night over Brooklyn in the Nets’ first game since an organizational shake-up.
A day after coach Lionel Hollins was fired and general manager Billy King reassigned, the Nets dropped their 10th straight at home and fifth in a row overall.
“We ran into a sledgehammer of a team,” Brown said. “They definitely know how to play together and that’s something we’re going to strive and try to do here.”
Kawhi Leonard added 17 points for the Spurs, who go to Detroit on Tuesday before putting their 31-game home winning streak on the line Thursday in a showdown with Cleveland.
The Spurs (33-6) were up seven at halftime before dominating the second half, just as they did in their 102-75 victory over the Nets on Oct. 30. Those are two of their 14 wins by 20 or more points this season, and their leadership under Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford matters just as much as the contributions of the players.
“It’s consistency,” Aldridge said. “There’s no surprises. You know what you’re going to get day in and day out, game in game out, so it just makes it easier to do your job for sure.”
Brook Lopez scored 18 points and Joe Johnson had 16 for the Nets, who haven’t won at home in more than a month.
The Nets fell to 10-28, hours after owner Mikhail Prokhorov said the team needed a “reset” and that choosing to start it in the middle of the season was an easy decision. But nothing could change things against the Spurs, the latest visiting team to win the crowd and the game in Brooklyn.
“You’ve got to give them a lot of credit first. They’re a great, arguably the best team in this league, but you have to stay poised, you have to stick to your game plan,” Johnson said.
“We had to do a great job for 48 minutes and obviously in the third quarter they opened it up.”
Warriors 111, Heat 103
In Oakland, Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Draymond Green added 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Warriors to their 36th straight regular-season home win.
Klay Thompson added 17 points to help the Warriors (36-2) get halfway to Chicago’s record win total of 72, set in 1996-97, three games before the midpoint of the season.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and Chris Bosh and Gerald Green added 15 apiece for Miami, which had won eight of its past 11 games here.
Wizards 114, Bulls 100
In Chicago, John Wall had 17 points and 10 assists to help banged-up Washington pull away from the Bulls.
The Wizards had seven players score in double figures in their second straight win after a stretch of five losses in six games. Ramon Sessions had 16 points, and Garrett Temple, Otto Porter Jr. and Nene scored 14 apiece.