The Washington Wizards have not fared well in San Antonio over the years, and their slump there didn't end on Sunday night. The shorthanded team fell 94-80 to the Spurs, extending their San Antonio losing streak to 11 games.
The Wizards hung around for a while, but never seriously threatened San Antonio after the Spurs broke the game open in the third quarter. Manu Ginobili scored 21 points to lead the Spurs, while Tony Parker added 20. The Spurs also mixed in some excellent defense on the hot-shooting Nick Young, holding him to 10 points on 5-19 shooting.
The Wizards got 21 points and 12 rebounds from Rashard Lewis, as well as 15 points from Kirk Hinrich, but didn't have enough options offensively with Young struggling. On the bright side, they managed to outrebound the Spurs 51-44 despite not having starting big men Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee due to a one-game suspension for an incident outside a D.C. nightclub.
John Wall made his return to the lineup after missing five games due to injury, and looked rusty. He scored just four points on 2-9 shooting in 19 minutes, and also had four turnovers. As a team, the Wizards shot just 38 percent from the field in the loss.
WIth John Wall starting the game on the bench, the Wizards got off to a quick start in San Antonio. Wall was previously called a game-time decision, but coach Flip Saunders elected to give his point guard a few minutes off the bench.
The Wizards took a 16-14 lead early in the game off Rashad Lewis's first three-pointer as a Wizard. He had missed his initial six attempts with the team.
The Spurs came back big late in the first quarter though, and maintained their lead through halftime. The home team went 6-11 from the three-point line. Point guard Tony Parker led the team with 11 first half points and nine assists.
Kirk Hinrich led the Wizards in the first half with 13 points, shooting 6-7. In order for Washington to come back and make a statement on the road, Nick Young is going to have to shoot better. He was just 3-10 in the first half.
Wall is making his first appearance since Dec. 10, having missed the previous five games with a bone bruise under his right knee. The point guard will be limited tonight as he continues to recover. He played only 30 seconds in the first quarter, and 6:30 in the first half.
But will Washington also be without their leader? John Wall has missed the previous five games for the Wizards and is said to be a game-time decision for tonight. The point guard participated in morning shootaround, but coach Flip Saunders did not want to make a decision on his rookie until just before the opening whistle.