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Spurs vs. Wizards recap, reactions: LaMarcus Aldridge goes down

By Rob Wolkenbrod
WASHINGTON, DC -¬MARCH 27: Mike Scott #30 of the Washington Wizards reaches for the ball as Joffrey Lauvergne #77 of the San Antonio Spurs goes to the basket on March 27, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC -¬MARCH 27: Mike Scott #30 of the Washington Wizards reaches for the ball as Joffrey Lauvergne #77 of the San Antonio Spurs goes to the basket on March 27, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs were blown out by the Washington Wizards Tuesday night, partially due to an injury to the team’s top player.

The San Antonio Spurs rode a six-game winning streak entering Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, which ended in a close defeat. Tuesday’s matchup vs. the Washington Wizards arose, and it was the opportunity to get on track and move step closer to securing a spot in the Western Conference Playoffs.

However, this game in the nation’s capital provided yet another roadblock towards San Antonio reaching the playoffs. In fact, it was two, given the injury to LaMarcus Aldridge.

In the second quarter, Aldridge suffered a left knee contusion that forced him to limp out of the game. The team announced the injury and that he would not return.

INJURY UPDATE: LaMarcus Aldridge (left knee contusion) will not return to tonight's game.

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 28, 2018

Well, with a glance at the box score, Aldridge leaving the game made all the difference in the scoring deficit. The Spurs were up 24-21 after the first quarter, but allowed 38 points and scored just 21 to combat it. This followed with another Wizards-controlled period, and the game just never got back to the Silver and Black’s side of momentum.

Despite Aldridge’s injury, he was the team’s leading scorer, again, with 13 points in 17 minutes. The next-highest totals were Bryn Forbes‘ 12 in 18 minutes and Patty Mills‘ 11 in 25 minutes.

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The Spurs did not shoot poorly, either, with a 44.8 percent mark from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. Washington had a field day, though at 54.1 percent, including seven players in double figures. Markieff Morris‘ 15 points led the way.

All this was the result of a 116-106 loss for the Spurs, who managed to score 40 points in the fourth quarter, but it happened too late in the game for further retribution. This sent them to a 43-32 record. Since the Utah Jazz did play Tuesday night, San Antonio remains at No. 6 in the West, but barely.

Final from Washington, DC. pic.twitter.com/WlfpyGDd04

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 28, 2018

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The Spurs get a nationally televised game Thursday, Mar. 29, against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Game time is at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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