SAN ANTONIO — All-Star Deron Williams had 14 points and 12 assists in his debut with the New Jersey Nets, but Manu Ginobili scored 26 to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 106-96 victory Friday night.
Williams, dealt by the Utah Jazz on Wednesday in an unexpected blockbuster deal before the trade deadline, was 5 for 13 and played 41 minutes. He also helped the lowly Nets keep it interesting against the NBA's best team.
Tony Parker had 13 points and 10 assists for the Spurs, who trailed at halftime. But San Antonio nearly doubled-up the Nets in the third quarter and improved to 27-2 at home.