SPURS GAMEDAY: Victories in S.A. few, far between for Nets

Gameday at a glance

Brooklyn Nets (12-20) vs. Spurs (23-11)
When, where:
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., AT&T Center
Season series: First meeting
Last meeting: Spurs 112, Nets 86, Jan. 23, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nets’ last game: Lost to Pacers 123-119, OT, Saturday, Indianapolis
Spurs’ last game: Beat Kings 108-99, Saturday, Sacramento, Calif.
Nets’ last 10 games, streak: 4-6, lost one
Spurs’ last 10 games, streak: 7-3, won one  
Notable: Spurs Danny Green (groin) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) are probable for Tuesday night’s game . . . Spurs center Pau Gasol and OKC guard Russell Westbrook are the only NBA players this season to record a triple-double in 30 minutes or less.

History will not be on the Brooklyn Nets’ side when they take the floor against the Spurs on Tuesday night at the AT&T Center.

The Nets have lost 14 consecutive games in the Alamo City, and are 21-68 against the Spurs as a franchise. The Silver and Black haven’t lost to the Nets at home since Jan. 22, 2002, their last season at the Alamodome.

Despite their domination of the Nets at home, the Spurs expect to be tested against a team that blew out Washington by 35 at home on Friday night before blowing a 19-point lead in a 123-119 overtime loss at Indiana on Saturday.

The Silver and Black are coming off a 108-99 victory at Sacramento on Saturday night. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 29 points and center Pau Gasol recorded his first triple-double as a Spur, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Aldridge has led the Silver and Black in scoring 28 times this season and has scored in double figures in 37 consecutive games.

Gasol was at the top of his game against the Kings, scoring inside with his assortment of post-up moves and stretching the defense with his jump shot. Gasol hit 5 of 8 shots, including 2 of 3 from the three-point line.

The triple-double was the 10th of Gasol’s career, and his 10 assists were a season high. He had 20 points and 17 rebounds in a 93-91 win at Portland last Wednesday night, when the Spurs opened a three-game road trip.

Gasol, a 7-footer, got more playing time against Sacramento because the Kings went big for most of the game. Gasol welcomed the opportunity to get extended minutes.

“It’s always nice when teams stay big because it helps us to stay big as well,” Gasol said. “(Coach Gregg Popovich) doesn’t have to make that call to go small or stay big. Normally, we go the other route. It’s nice. It’s refreshing, even, to see teams play with two bigs.”

Gasol and Aldridge give the Silver and Black one of the best frontcourt tandems in the league. Aldridge, who is having an All-Star season, has averaged 22.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 33 games.

Danny Green (groin) and Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) missed the game against Sacramento, but the Spurs have listed them as probable for Tuesday night.

Leonard has played in only four games since returning to the lineup against Dallas on Dec. 12, averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. He had been sidelined with tendinopathy in his right quadriceps since the preseason.

The Spurs set a torrid pace offensively against the Kings, shooting 50 percent (44/88) and nailing 11 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc. They had only eight turnovers and had 29 assists on their 44 made field goals.

Up next for the Spurs after Tuesday’s game: vs. Knicks, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., AT&T Center 

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