Spurs Fall 102-99 To Wizards After Bradley Beal Game Winner

By George Middleton

It was an ugly beginning for the Spurs (3-2) as they began the game in a 19-2 hole to the Washington Wizards. It appeared the Spurs were going to get blown out early. Coach Gregg Popovich didn’t panic, and he let the Spurs play without calling a timeout. The Spurs ended the quarter with a 21-3 run to end the quarter and they led 23-22 at the end of the first.

The Spurs outplayed the Wizards in the next two quarters, and they led 73-66 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter it was all Bradley Beal and the Wizards. Tony Parker tied the game with an improbable three-pointer with seven seconds to play. Many thought the game would go to overtime, but Beal decided it was time to settle things before, as he connected on a three-pointer with a second to play.

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Leonard finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, but he shot 10-for-22 from the field. Tony Parker had another strong performance, as he went for 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting.

The Spurs allowed the Wizards to shoot 48 percent from the field, while they shot 46 percent. The key in the loss was the Spurs sloppiness, they finished with 20 turnovers, which led to 28 Wizards points.

Danny Green connected on 3-for-8 threes. Coming into the contest, Green was 2-for-17 from downtown. LaMarcus Aldridge struggled as he went 4-for-14 from the field for 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Beal finished the game with 25 points and five rebounds. John Wall added 17 points and 13 assists.

Up next for the Spurs are the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.

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