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San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways From Win Against Washington Wizards

By George Middleton

On Saturday night the San Antonio Spurs defeated a tough Washington Wizards team 101-92. The win marks the first time that the Spurs have won consecutive games in four weeks.

The Wizards (22-11) are the fourth seed in the Eastern conference and are one of the deepest teams in the league. A lineup that features no hole and a bench consisting of an improved Rasual Butler, Otto Porter Jr, Kris Humphries and Andre Miller.

The Wizards went toe to toe with the Spurs as they were down one through three quarters before the Spurs pulled away to win by nine.

Positive Side

-The Spurs shot an amazing 55% from the field.

-Out-rebounded the Wizards 38-31.

-Spurs: 40 Bench Points

-Patty Mills: 6-8 field goals, 15 points

Boris Diaw: 7-8 field goals, 14 points

Tiago Splitter: 7-8 field goals, 16 points

-Only 10 turnovers.

-After giving up 35 points in the first quarter, the Spurs allowed 57 points in final three quarters.

Star of the Game

Cory Joseph– Going into the game it appeared that the Wizards had a huge edge at the point guard spot with John Wall. Cory Joseph didn’t seem to agree as he went for 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Wall finished with 15 points and 8 assists. What made Joseph’s performance terrific, was that he shot 8-10 from the field and he didn’t commit a turnover.

Negative Side

-Spurs made 4 of 16 three-point shots (25%).

-Spurs made 11 of 18 free-throws (61%).

Manu Ginobili: 2-8 from field, 5 points.

-2 fast break points.

Worst Performance of the Game

Tim Duncan– This is probably the first time that Tim Duncan was the worst performer for the Spurs. Duncan finished with 4 points on 2 of 8 field goals and had 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. Duncan did contribute with 4 assists and had 2 blocks, but his inefficiency and lack of scoring places him on here.

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