Spurs looking to fix home problems as they face Wizards
The San Antonio Spurs (15-4) are coming off of a 94-87 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday to stay undefeated on the road at 11-0. Friday they return to the AT&T Center where they have won just four out of their eight.
What a difference a year makes for the San Antonio Spurs. Last season the team set a franchise record with a 40-1 mark at the AT&T Center.
This year they have already lost four in a place where many were unsuccessful.
Baffled by their start at home, San Antonio welcomes in the Washington Wizards. It could not be a better time for the Spurs to face the Wizards as they have won the last 16 meetings dating back to December 11, 1999.
As the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and most recently the Orlando Magic have proven so far this season, the Spurs can be beat, at home.
Washington (6-11) still has a good one-two punch at the guard position in Bradley Beal and John Wall. But this season, the Wizards are 6-7 when Beal and Wall are both in the starting lineup.
The Wizards in those games average 105.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Beal and Wall carried the bulk of the scoring load in those games. Beal averaged 22.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists while Wall averaged 21.8 points, 10.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
For Washington, they are coming off of a 125-115 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Beal led the charge with 31 points while Wall added 15 points and 15 assists.
The Spurs and Wizards have already met one time this season with San Antonio 112-100 last Saturday in Washington.
In that game, the Spurs were led by the trio of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker who combined for 63.
Aldridge led with a team-high 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds and one steal. Leonard had five assists and three steals to go along with his 19 points. Parker, had his best game of the season as he finished with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
Washington saw all five starters reach in double-figures as Beal and Wall combined for 46 in the loss. Beal led with a team-high 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the floor including 3-of-9 from beyond the arc. Wall had 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting. He also added five assists and three rebounds.
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The Spurs hope their recent success against the Wizards will help in finding and fixing their woes at home. Tip-off is at 7:30 PM Central time.