Spurs Vs. Wizards: San Antonio Bench Leads 118-94 Win

Four games in five days? No problem. The San Antonio Spurs put a hurting on the Wizards in Washington.

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Spurs Vs. Wizards: San Antonio Bench Leads 118-94 Win

Well, it wasn't the worst loss in franchise history. The score in the Spurs vs. Wizards game was already getting away from Washington in the first quarter. By the end of the second half San Antonio had more points, 72, than it had all Friday night in a 77-71 loss to the Sixers. By the end of the game ... well, it was 118-94, and it was ugly.

Washington got blown out early by the San Antonio starters, but the Spurs move to the bench didn't offer much of a respite. San Antonio had six players in double figures, and Tim Duncan was stuck in single digits because he only played 12 (!) minutes. Instead, fans at the Verizon Center were treated to a lot of Steve Novak and Matt Bonner.

To put this loss in context, the Wizards worst loss in history was by 40 vs golden state in 1975. Their worse loss at home? Came against the Celtics in the form of a 122-88 trashing in Dec. 2008 (info courtesy of the tireless Mike Prada.)

The Wizards can now turn their attention to Sunday night's matchup against Cleveland. The game is being billed as the Toilet Bow, as the Cavs recently snapped a 26-game losing streak, while the Wizards have yet to win on the road this season. Be sure to tune in!


Spurs Vs. Wizards: San Antonio Putting On A Clinic, Leads 72-45 At Half

This is a clinic. Remember how the Spurs were playing their fourth game in five nights and the Wizards would maybe have a chance to steal this game? So much for that. San Antonio put this game away in the before the first quarter was over and leads at the half by a score of 72-43.

Last night the Spurs scored 71 points against Philadelphia -- in the whole game.

This tweet from Bullets Forever beat blogger Sean Fagan says it all:

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Tony Parker led the way, compiling 14 points, four rebounds and three steals in the first quarter alone. The Spurs shot 62.5 percent as a team in the first quarter, outscoring the Wizards 16-0 on fast break points and 20-6 in the paint. Yes, really.

The opening minutes were about the only positives for the Wizards as JaVale McGee scored on a pair of solid post moves against Tim Duncan. But The Big Fundamental didn't even play in the second quarter, and the way things are going he might be done for the night.

There's so much to say, and yet really nothing at all. This is just impressive.


Spurs Vs. Wizards: Tim Duncan, New-Look San Antonio Are In Washington

The Spurs are in Washington to face the Wizards on Saturday night, and if the Wizards were ever going to have a shot against the best team in the NBA, tonight could be the night.

San Antonio is playing their fourth game in five nights, and if last night was any indication they could be getting a little weary.  The Spurs opened this back-to-back with a 77-71 loss to the Sixers in which San Antonio shot just 33.4 percent from the floor.

If you didn't catch the first meeting between these teams, a 94-80 win for the Spurs, you might not recognize this edition of the silver and black. The Spurs still have Gregg Popovich  at the helm and Tim Duncan leading the way, but they're playing a more up-tempo style of basketball -- at least when compared to their traditional glacial pace (the Spurs are now around league average in pace).

It'll be interesting to see if they have the legs to keep that pace up. Andray Blatche told me before the Wizards game Wednesday against the Bucks that Washington would try and run them off the court early coming off a back-to-back on the road. If that's the case tonight, the Wizards might be able to reverse the difference in fast-break points that hurt them in the teams' first matchup.

Another interesting nugget is that coach Flip Saunders said before the game that the Wizards don't adjust their gameplan according to the opponent because they have to about themselves. Just another impact of the team's youth. Read a few more thoughts on this from SB Nation DC overlord Mike Prada at Bullets Forever.

The Wizards will be without Rashard Lewis, Al Thorton and Josh Howard tonight.

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