Spurs’ bench soundly defeats lowly Wizards
November 26, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) holds the ball as Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) reaches in the second half at Verizon Center. The Spurs won 118-92. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Having underwent a grueling double overtime matinee in Toronto yesterday, in which Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each were extended significantly, the Spurs were looking to capture a win against the lowly Washington Wizards.
Doing so while resting their starting lineup before they embark on three games, two on the road, in the next six days would be a plus.
San Antonio accomplished both objectives in their 118-92 victory, extending the Wizards losing streak to 12 games.
The Spurs have won 28 of the last 32 road games, a mark comparable to the 1995-96/1996-97 Chicago Bulls and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
Part of their success outside the confines of the AT&T Center can be attributed to their depth and execution.
Assisting on 32 of 45 field goals, 13 of which were 3-pointers, is a prime example of the very execution that bolsters the Spurs offense. 12 Spurs contributed to the scoring tally, indicative of the surplus of serviceable role players on the roster.
The bench finished with 67 points. Tiago Splitter headlined the group with 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in 23 minutes.
It also didn’t hurt to play a team also coming off a double overtime game of their own.
Washington was sluggish throughout the game, shooting 41.1 percent from the field and assisting on only 14 baskets. Aside from Jordan Crawford, Kevin Seraphin, Martell Webster, Bradley Beal and AJ Price, each of whom scored in double-figures, the Wizards received very little production from their role players.
Next opponent: The Spurs will play their fifth leg of the six-game road trip against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. EST.