Washington Wizards vs. San Antonio Spurs: Takeaways and Star Performer

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs (22-5) started slower than usual in Wednesday night’s 114-95 win against the Washington Wizards. San Antonio trailed 31-26 after the first quarter against a Wizards team without star player Bradley Beal.

In many games recently the Spurs have allowed nearly that total at the end of the first half of games. The Spurs outscored the Wizards 88-64 the rest of the contest. San Antonio shot 53 percent from the field. Tim Duncan missed the contest with rest. John Wall and Marcin Gortat led the Wizards with 20 points apiece. San Antonio is now 14-0 at home, and they have won a team-record 23 straight regular season home games, dating back to last year.

Key Takeaways

Kawhi Leonard was terrific

Kawhi Leonard was the best player on the floor in Wednesday’s contest. Leonard scored 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The 24-year-old had four steals and only one turnover in the game. Leonard also did a terrific job on Otto Porter Jr. Porter scored two points on 1-of-6 shots.

Bench Contributions

San Antonio had 47 bench points in the game. Patty Mills had 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting in only 19 minutes. Manu Ginobili was sensational going for 11 points and eight assists in 18 minutes. The bench combined to shoot 17-of-29 from the field.

David West got the job done

With Duncan sidelined for Wednesday’s game someone had to step in. That player was veteran David West. West wound up with nine points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks. The 35-year-old will be expected to fill in when Duncan is out.

Star Performer

Kawhi Leonard without question. Leonard impacted the game in too many ways for the San Antonio Spurs.


Tony Parker had 10 points and 10 assists.

LaMarcus Aldridge went for 14 points and six rebounds.

-San Antonio Spurs finished with 29 assists.