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NEW YORK — Mirza Teletovic scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, leading the Brooklyn Nets to a 95-93 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, snapping the defending NBA champions’ eight-game win streak.

The Nets, who defeated a team with a record above .500 for the first time all season, also received 17 points and nine assists from guard Deron Williams and 16 points and 15 rebounds from center Brook Lopez.

It marked the first time all season that the Nets had two players with double figures in points and rebounds.

Guard Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points for the Nets (8-9), who won their second straight in as many nights after defeating the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

The Nets used a 20-2 run in the third quarter to take control of the game, with Bogdanovic scoring 10 and Teletovic six during the run.

The Spurs were led by guard Danny Green, who scored 20 points. He hit a clutch 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime and cap a frantic comeback from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Forward Tim Duncan had 14 points but a miserable night shooting, connecting on 5 of 18 from the floor. Duncan also grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds. Guard Manu Ginobili added 15 points for the Spurs.

The teams traded the lead six times each during the first half, with the Spurs up 42-40 at halftime. Duncan and forward Kawhi Leonard both had eight points, but Duncan misfired on eight of his 11 shots from the floor.

Teletovic, getting a rare start in place of resting Kevin Garnett, was on fire in the first half, connecting on 5 of 6 shots from the floor, including 2 of 3 from long range, for 13 first-half points. Teletovic also had 10 rebounds in the opening half.

The Nets took their biggest lead of the game on a jumper from Bogdanovic midway through the third quarter, giving Brooklyn a 52-46 advantage. The Spurs, who missed their first eight attempts from the floor to start the game, were 1 of 8 to start the second half, enabling Brooklyn to take command.

Teletovic drained a 3-pointer, capping a 15-1 run and giving the Nets a 57-46 lead. Bogdanovic added a layup to push the lead to 59-46, forcing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to call his second timeout of the third quarter.

The Nets led 68-58 after three quarters, with the Spurs utilizing their bench at that point.

Brooklyn pushed the lead to 15, but San Antonio used a 9-0 run late in the fourth quarter to close to 82-77 with 2:57 remaining.

Ginobili’s 3-pointer brought the Spurs to within 84-83 with 2:03 remaining, but they could never get over the hump and take the lead.

NOTES: Taking a page from coaching counterpart Gregg Popovich, Nets coach Lionel Hollins rested forward Kevin Garnett. The 38-year-old Garnett had played in three straight games and needed a day of rest. “I’m trying to find ways to keep him on the court,” Hollins said of the 19-year NBA veteran. “He’s the only guy I think about getting rest. I try not to use Kevin into the 30s (minutes). I would like to keep it in the 24-to-25 minute range. It’s also about how long I keep him on the court for one stretch.” Hollins believed that Garnett playing nine straight minutes in the win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night was not beneficial. … Hollins agreed that the Nets are enduring some growing pains. “I’m different and new,” Hollins said. “I’m trying to learn them and they’re trying to learn me. It was one thing in training camp, but now it’s hard to make adjustments in the regular season.” Hollins said he would have not taken a lot of things for granted with a veteran team. “If I could do that again, I’d work with them from square one.” … The Spurs entered action last night with a 7-0 record against Eastern Conference teams. … The Spurs’ eight-game win streak is the longest since setting the franchise record with 19 straight last season.

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