Spurs 118, Wizards 94
One day after their worst offensive performance of the season,
the San Antonio Spurs came back with one of their best.
Tony Parker scored 10 of his 18 points in less than 2 minutes
during the first quarter to jump-start San Antonio to a 118-94 rout
of the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
After losing 77-71 at Philadelphia Friday – the Spurs’ lowest
point total of the season – San Antonio bettered that scoring
output before halftime.
”You know, sometimes I don’t even try to understand
basketball,” Parker said. ”It’s weird.”
Parker’s 10-point run came entirely on fast breaks, including
three steals he converted into layups. It was part of a 12-0 run
that gave San Antonio a 16-point lead, and the Spurs never looked
San Antonio shot better than 60 percent from the field for most
of the game, and even though the accuracy suffered a bit late in
garbage time, the Spurs finished with a mark of 58.4 percent,
including 13 of 25 from 3-point range. They led by as many as 41
points and every available San Antonio player had scored midway
through the third quarter.
”It’s just one of those games,” Parker said. ”Coming back
from a tough game last night, we didn’t shoot the ball well,
tonight everything was going in.”
George Hill scored 18 points and was 4 for 4 on 3-pointers for
San Antonio, which has won 10 consecutive games against the
Wizards, including five straight in Washington. Gary Neal added 16
points as six Spurs finished in double digits.
”The simple thing is we made shots tonight that we didn’t make
last night,” Hill said after the game.
The Spurs led 37-18 after the first quarter and 72-45 after the
first half. The 72 points were the most San Antonio has scored in
any half this season, and tied the most allowed in a first half by
”Words can’t totally explain how I feel. Disappointed.
Embarrassed,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. ”I didn’t see
this coming. I don’t think anyone saw it coming.”
The Spurs are in the midst of a nine-game road trip as a rodeo
takes over their AT&T Center home. The game at Washington was
San Antonio’s fourth in five nights and the Spurs’ early lead gave
them a chance to rest their starters most of the second half.
Tim Duncan scored six points in 12 minutes, the fewest he’s
played in a game since Dec. 2, 2007. For the first time this
season, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich made a change to the
starting lineup as Hill replaced Manu Ginobili to allow Ginobili
extra time off – Ginobili scored six points in 8 minutes.
”It’s huge for us,” Ginobili said. ”We earned ourselves the
possibility to rest a little bit, and it’s well-needed.”
Cartier Martin and Andray Blatche each scored 16 points to lead
After losing to the team with the NBA’s best record, the Wizards
now head to Cleveland for a game Sunday matching teams setting
marks for futility this season. Washington has an 0-25 road record
and is looking for its first win away from home against the
Cavaliers, who recently snapped an NBA-record 26-game losing
”You’re as good as your last performance. Right now, we’re not
very good,” Saunders said. ”We’ve got to get a lot better to
compete with anybody in the NBA.”
Notes: Spurs F Tiago Splitter missed his second straight game
with a strained left hamstring. … The Wizards had three forwards
out due to injury, including Rashard Lewis (sore right knee). Al
Thornton (dislocated right middle finger) missed his second
straight game. Josh Howard (sore left knee), who has not played
since Jan. 5, was originally slated to return against the Spurs but
should play Sunday at Cleveland, Saunders said. … It was
Washington’s third sellout of the season, drawing a crowd of