The San Antonio Spurs continued their road woes on Tuesday night, falling 101-93 to the Washington Wizards, their fifth road loss in their last six road games.
The Spurs fell behind 31-24 after the first quarter but were able to fight back into the game, trailing by only three points heading into the fourth quarter.
Jan 13, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwardJeff Ayres
(11) dunks the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
San Antonio kept it at a three-point margin down the stretch, but unfortunately for the Spurs, the final three minutes of the game was San Antonio’s undoing. Over the final three minutes, the Spurs committed three turnovers and went 1-of-3 from the field, allowing the Wizards 92-89 lead to turn into a 101-93 victory.
Although there is no prize for defeat, San Antonio can takeaway a few positives from the game.
The Spurs were able to keep the game close despite shooting 39.6% from the field, compared to Washington’s 49.3%. San Antonio also lost the rebounding battle by a sizable margin, 48-34 in favor of the Wizards.
Another stat that makes the Spurs close battle with the Wizards surprising is the free throw disparity. In the game, Washington attempted twice as many free throws as San Antonio 24 to 12.
Despite all these issues, the Spurs were able to keep the game relatively close.
While San Antonio came out on the losing end, Tim Duncan was able to come out somewhat a winner with his milestone achievement. Duncan recorded an 11 point, 12 rebound double-double, the 815th of his career, giving him sole possession of fifth all-time for career double-doubles, passing Karl Malone and his 814.
Tony Parker also played well against Washington. He had a team high 14 points against the Wizards, his highest scoring output since returning from injury.
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For Washington, it was about their young star an emerging MVP candidate John Wall. Wall torched the Spurs, going for 25 points and eight assists. Kevin Seraphin also played well for the Wizards, coming off the bench to contribute 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Spurs fell to 23-16 with the loss, their second of the new year. With the win, the Wizards improved to 26-12 and put the series between San Antonio and Washington in a 1-1 split on the season. The game also marked an end for the Spurs 17 game win streak over the Wizards, dating all the way back to November 12th, 2005.
Next up for the Spurs is another road game, this time against the Charlotte Hornets.The game is scheduled for tomorrow at 6 p.m. CT.
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