Spurs beat Wizards for 9th straight win
WASHINGTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, Tony Parker added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Washington Wizards 112-100 on Saturday night for their ninth straight victory.
The Spurs (14-3) swept a three-game road swing and are a perfect 10-0 away from home.
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 for San Antonio, which shot 53.3 percent (40 of 75) from the field. The Spurs led by 10 at halftime and as many as 19 in the second half.
San Antonio's bench outscored the Washington reserves 35-18.
Bradley Beal led Washington (5-10) with 25 points and John Wall scored 21 as all five starters finished in double figures. Marcin Gortat had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Wizards got within 69-62 on a three-point play by Wall late in the third quarter, but the Spurs soon pushed the lead to 12 on Aldridge's 3-pointer and it was 90-76 after three quarters.
Parker scored 11 points in the second quarter as the Spurs opened a double-digit lead.
San Antonio, which shot 50 percent (20 of 40) in the first half, led 53-38 after Aldridge's jumper with 1:31 left, but the Wizards cut the deficit to 10 by halftime.
Spurs: Improved to 6-0 vs. Eastern Conference teams. . G Manu Ginobili was rested as the Spurs played the second of back-to-back games and C Dewayne Dedmon (sprained left knee) missed his sixth straight. … Have won 19 of their last 21 games against the Wizards. . Are 7-0 with the starting five of Leonard, Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Danny Green and Parker. . Gasol had eight points and 10 rebounds after being held scoreless Friday night.
Wizards: F Markieff Morris received a double technical and was ejected for arguing after picking up two quick fouls in the third quarter. . It was the first of four straight games against Western Conference teams for Washington. . The starters shot just one free throw in the first half. . Wizards fell to 5-6 with Wall and Beal in the lineup.
MAHINMI MAKES HIS DEBUT
Washington's bench got a boost with the Wizards debut of center Ian Mahinmi. Signed as a free agent in July, Mahinmi, 30, missed the first 14 games while recovering from left knee surgery.
“He brings some good experience, some rim protection, just some defensive toughness,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said before the game. “He gives you a comfort zone on both ends of the floor.”
Mahinmi played 15 minutes, scored one point and grabbed a rebound.
Spurs: Host Orlando on Tuesday.
Wizards: Host Sacramento on Monday.