Notebook: Spurs 118, Wizards 92



Posted Nov 26, 2012 11:27 PM

By Rich Dubroff, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Boris Diaw led seven players in double figures with 16 points, Tiago Splitter had 15 and 12 rebounds and Tony Parker added to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Washington Wizards 118-92 on Monday night.

The Spurs are now 12-3 and are 8-1 on the road. They won their fourth straight with a 10-0 run in the last three minutes of the first half to take a 60-48 lead. By the end of the third quarter, they led the winless Wizards by 22.

Jordan Crawford led the 0-12 Wizards with 19. Kevin Seraphin had 18.

QUOTABLE: "It was huge for us, because especially after what happened last night. It was huge for us to have a good start and make sure we play well right away. Don't mess with them, because we knew they were 0-11. You don't want to mess with that kind of team. You just want to from the get-go pound them and that's what we did." -- Parker on the easy win for the Spurs.


THE STAT: The Wizards are the 12th team to start the season 0-12 according to STATS LLC. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets have the all-time worst start, 0-18.


TURNING POINT: With eight minutes to go in the second quarter, the Spurs took the lead and demonstrated their poise with their textbook style of play. "I'd like someday for us to play like that," Washington coach Randy Wittman said.

QUOTABLE II: "What are you guys talking to him for? He played like half the game!" -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich walking past Parker, who was talking about the role Diaw played in the win.

HOT: Tim Duncan, who played 41 minutes in a double-overtime win in Toronto on Sunday, was 7-for-11 from the field in just 23 minutes. "It's just great to sit there in the fourth quarter, especially after the game we had last night," Duncan said.

NOT: Bradley Beal was just 4-for-13. Cartier Martin missed seven of his eight shots for the Wizards, who had just 14 assists to the Spurs' 32.

GOOD MOVE: Popovich liberally substituted in the first half and was able to rest his big names for the fourth quarter. .


BAD MOVE: .Wittman played Nene 29 minutes on Saturday, nine more than he planned. As a result, Nene's left foot was too sore to play on Monday. Wittman said Nene, who missed the first nine games with a sore left foot, played in just his second game on Saturday.


NOTABLE: After losing their first 11 games by a total of 72 points, the Wizards lost this one by 26. Their most lopsided loss had been 16.


IN THE ARENA: It was a night for Washington sports moguls. Ted Leonsis, who owns both the Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals, hosted Mark Lerner, part-owner of baseball's Washington Nationals.


NEXT: For the Spurs: Wednesday @ Magic, Thursday @ Heat, Saturday vs. Grizzlies. For the Wizards: Wednesday vs. Trail Blazers, Friday @ Knicks, Dec. 4 vs. Heat.