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.