Spurs 92 Wizards 79
November 13, 2013
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Father 15, Son 0. That’s 15 straight victories for the Spurs over the Wizards. As soon as the ball was tipped in the first quarter the Spurs just outclassed the Wizards, jumping to a 14-3 lead. The Spurs shredded the Wizards defense with simple ball movement, while on the other end Wizards settled for tough contested jump shots.
Tiago Splitter looked like he had a point to prove that he was the best Brazilian basketball player on the floor tonight and Nene did absolutely nothing to prove him otherwise. Nene had by far his worst game of the season tonight, with just four points and two rebounds in 25 minutes. The Wizards as a team were held to a season low 36% shooting from the field.
To add insult to injury the Wizards lost two starters in this game. Trevor Ariza left toward the end of the 2nd quarter with a strained hamstring and John Wall got poked in the eye at the end of the 3rd quarter. He didn’t return to the game. Wall was 5-for-19 before leaving the game, settling for too many long jumpers early in the shot clock. Other than that Wall was having a nice floor game, especially in the 3rd quarter when the Wizards cut the lead down to 3 points.
The Spurs turned on their genius switch as soon as the lead was cut to 3 and went on a 29-7 run. The Wizards conceded the game early in the 4th, throwing the whole bench on the floor.
If there is something promising that came from this game, it may be Martell Webster’s 2013 “coming out” game. If Ariza is forced to miss significant time, Martell’s emergence couldn’t come at a better time.