NBA: Aldridge gets 25pts as Spurs overwhelm Nets 106-79 to match best start to season

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge shooting over Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young.
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge shooting over Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young.PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

(REUTERS) - Forward LaMarcus Aldridge collected 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs matched their best start to an NBA season with a 106-79 rout of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Spurs improved to 33-6, equalling the team's best 39-game start, a mark set in 2010-11.

Forward Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and rookie centre Boban Marjanovic scored 13, as San Antonio won despite quiet nights from guard Tony Parker and centre Tim Duncan.

A day after firing coach Lionel Hollins and reassigning general manager Billy King, the Nets were not much better in interim coach Tony Brown's debut, while owner Mikhail Prokhorov watched from a suite.

Brooklyn missed 10 of 12 three-point attempts and committed 19 turnovers that resulted in 30 points to their opponents.

Centre Brook Lopez led Brooklyn with 18 points and forward Joe Johnson added 16, as the Nets (10-28) dropped their 10th consecutive home game, their longest such skid since losing 14 in a row at the Meadowlands during the 70-loss 2009-10 season.

The Nets scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to peg the deficit back to 77-62 with over 10 minutes remaining. But San Antonio streaked away as Leonard sandwiched two three-pointers around a turnaround jumper by Aldridge.