'Sloppy' Spurs fall to Nets in overtime
Mirza Teletovic led the way as Brooklyn downed the Spurs.
GREGG POPOVICH couldn't stomach what he was seeing from his starters, particularly Tony Parker.
He could've used an effort like the Brooklyn Nets got from Mirza Teletovic.
Teletovic had a season-high 26 points and a career-best 15 rebounds starting in place of Kevin Garnett, and the Nets snapped the San Antonio Spurs' eight-game winning streak with a 95-93 overtime victory last night in Brooklyn.
The Nets regrouped in overtime after blowing a 14-point lead in the final 5 minutes of regulation, but Popovich felt the game was lost long before then because of poor play from his first unit.
"They were very sloppy. They didn't compete as hard as the Nets did, for more of the 48," the Spurs coach said. "The Nets wanted the game more than our starters did, I think. They might not agree with me, but I don't really care, because I'm right."
Parker, who sat out Monday's victory at Philadelphia with a rib injury, played only 2 1/2 minutes after the third quarter, though Popovich said the former NBA Finals MVP didn't aggravate the injury.
"Not a bit, just played like . . . played horrible. At both ends of the court," Popovich said. "Now if he's hurting, that's a good reason to not play well. But if you're hurting, you've got to tell somebody."
Nets coach Lionel Hollins couldn't complain about Teletovic, who had missed eight of 10 shots in his last two games. The message from his coach when told he would start?
"He told me, 'Zip your head back together and start playing,' '' Teletovic said.
In other games
* At Washington, Bradley Beal scored 27 points, John Wall had 17 points and 15 assists, and the Wizards beat Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, 111-95.
Bryant finished with 29 points - 15 points of them in the first quarter when he shot 6 for 11. He missed nine of his final 11 shots.
* At Miami, Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Kyle Korver scored 18 and the Atlanta Hawks handed the Heat another home loss, 112-102.
* At Charlotte, Pau Gasol had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic each posted double-doubles, and the Chicago Bulls handed the Hornets their 10th straight loss, 102-95.
* At Milwaukee, Monta Ellis hit a wild, fallaway jumper at the buzzer, lifting the Dallas Mavericks over the Bucks, 107-105.
A night after Ellis starred in a double-overtime win at Chicago, he scored 23.
* At Houston, James Harden scored 21 points, and Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry added 16 each to help the shorthanded Rockets cruise to a 105-96 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Houston played without three starters, including Dwight Howard, who missed his seventh straight game with a strained right knee.
* At Boston, Jeff Green scored 32 points, including a three-pointer as the hosts opened overtime with eight straight points, and the Celtics snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Detroit Pistons, 109-102.
* At Salt Lake City, Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 39 points on 13-for-22 shooting as the Toronto Raptors sent the Utah Jazz to their seventh straight loss, 123-104.