The San Antonio Spurs kept their short winning streak alive by defeating the Washington Wizards in a 118-92 pounding at the Verizone Center Monday night.
Boris Diaw led a stable San Anonio Spurs offense, contributing 16 points in the game. Tiago Splitter too stepped up with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Tony Parker brought 15 to the scoreboard to help the San Antonio Spurs keep the Washington Wizards (0-12) winless so far this season.
The San Antonio Spurs had seven players hitting double figures as Tim Duncan scored 14, Manu Ginoblili 12, Gary Neal 13 and Matt Bonner 11 points in the game. After winning Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs have claimed victories in four of their six road games down the stretch and are proceeding with a successful 8-1 road record. The San Antonio Spurs are 12-3 overall and first in the Southwestern division.
The San Antonio Spurs surged a dominating wave of scoring at the end of the first half. With eight minutes in the half, the San Antonio Spurs took the lead and stretched it into a a 20-10 run so that the Washington Wizards were trailing by 12 points.
Keying on their offensive game, the San Antonio Spurs kept the momentum running by making precise passes and cashing-in on a load of open shots. Building on the lead and offensive schemes, the San Antonio Spurs had brought the score up to 92-72 by the end of the third-quarter. By the Fourth quarter, the San Antonio Spurs were leading by 29 points.
Only Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin had big game for the Washington Wizards, contributing 19 and 18 points respectively to the scoreboard.
The Washington Wizards again played without Nene Hilario, who sustained an injury in his second game returning from sitting out the previous nine games. Nene Hilario injured his left foot in a double-overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats earlier on Saturday while logging 29 minutes in the game. Following the game, Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman came under fire or increasing Nene Hilario’s playtime by nine minutes in the game. But Randy Wittman claimed that the decision was made by Nene Hilario’s consent.
"Nene and I have to be on the same (page). I can't feel what he's feeling. When he states that he wants to continue, I trust him," stated Randy Wittman.
Randy Whittman had Nene Hilario declared "a game-time decision” before Monday’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.