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While their star point guard will try to put a controversy

behind him, the San Antonio Spurs will seek to continue their

dominance over the Brooklyn Nets.

Tony Parker and the Spurs will look to begin getting more

consistent results at home by sending the Nets to a season

high-tying fourth straight road loss Tuesday night.

Parker apologized Monday for a photograph that recently surfaced

showing him making a gesture that’s considered anti-Semitic. The

picture showed Parker and French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala

doing a “quenelle,” which some describe as inverted Nazi

salute.

Parker said via a statement that the photograph was taken three

years ago. English Premier League soccer player Nicolas Anelka used

the quenelle to celebrate a goal for West Bromich Albion on

Saturday.

“While this gesture has been part of French culture for many

years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very

negative concerns associated with it,” Parker said. “Hopefully this

incident will serve to educate others that we need to be more aware

that things that may seem innocuous can actually have a history of

hate and hurt.”

Parker will seek to move on by helping the Spurs earn their 24th

win in 27 games against the Nets, including the 2003 NBA finals.

San Antonio has won the past five meetings by an average of 19.4

points.

The Spurs (24-7) enter this matchup having won nine of 12 while

Brooklyn (10-20) has dropped five of six. Parker, Manu Ginobili and

Tim Duncan combined for San Antonio’s final 21 points in a 112-104

win over Sacramento on Sunday.

Ginobili finished with a season-high 28 points, and Parker had

22. The victory pushed San Antonio to 4-4 in its last eight home

games, and the Spurs have alternated losses and wins over that

stretch.

“We’ve got to keep working on it and try to go where we want to

be,” Ginobili said. “We’re still just 31 games into the season.

It’s early. The tough part is we started really well but went back

a little bit.”

Brooklyn opened a difficult three-game trip with a 105-91 loss

to Indiana on Saturday. The Nets held the Pacers to 19 points in

the final quarter but scored just 15 and finished with 35 in the

second half. They were also outrebounded 41-28.

“We just have to figure it out,” said forward Mirza Teletovic,

who had 17 points in his fifth start in seven games. “I think one

day it will come together.”

Nets coach Jason Kidd has tried to find the right starting

lineup with Brook Lopez out for the season due to a broken foot.

Kevin Garnett has moved into Lopez’s spot at center, and Joe

Johnson has played at forward and guard in the last four games.

Alan Anderson and Shaun Livingston have gotten starts along with

Teletovic.

“I need everyone to be better, both offensively and

defensively,” said Kidd, who was on the 2003 Nets team that lost to

San Antonio. “We can only do it as a team. It’s not going to be

just one person.”

The Nets are facing teams that are a combined 73-17 on the trip,

which ends Thursday against Oklahoma City. On this stop, they might

focus more on limiting Parker, who averaged 24.5 points on 61.8

percent shooting and 8.5 assists in last season’s two meetings.