The Wizards battled back from a 25 point halftime deficit to come within six, but their comeback fell short as they dropped their fourth straight, 96-86, to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night in San Antonio.

The first half was one to forget for the Wizards as they shot 26% from the field and scored just 26 points. As John Wall said in his postgame media session, it seemed as if the basket had a lid on it for much of the half. The Wizards could not find any rhythm to their offense and could not get anything to fall.

However, they came out and looked like a different team in the second half, outscoring the Spurs 30-17 in the 3rd quarter. They would make a run in the fourth, but ultimately it was too big of a hill to climb and the Spurs were able to hold them off for their 18th straight home win.

John Wall led the charge with 15 second half points and 21 for the game to go along with his nine assists and five rebounds. Chris Singleton came off the bench and played valuable minutes for the first time in weeks, scoring 11 points on 5-6 shooting and had 3 steals. Martell Webster finished with 14, Nene had 11, and Trevor Ariza ended with 10.

The Wizards now return home for a three game homestand beginning on Monday night vs. the Clippers.

John Wall
Points: 21
Rebounds: 5
Assists: 9

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Points: John Wall - 21
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 9
Assists: Wall - 9
Blocks: Nene, Okafor - 9
Steals: Trevor Ariza, Chris Singleton - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the second half:

"Well the first half we didn't play together or with any enthusiasm. After having a little bit of success we crept in a bit of minutes, shots and points. I thought that really crept in tonight to be honest with you and we addressed it again at half time tonight. We played some different guys and we played together with enthusiasm and some heart in the second half. When we do that we are a pretty good team. That's the team we were a couple of weeks ago."

John Wall Postgame

On first half:

“We didn’t come out moving the ball. We had a couple open shots and we just missed them. We didn’t do a great job of getting back defensively, so they got easy baskets. They just got into their flow. I think in the second half we just played with more enthusiasm, played defense, moved the ball and played more freely. We gave ourselves a decent shot to win but we just missed a couple shots at the end. That’s the way we have to play throughout the whole game. We’re not a team who can just turn it on in the second half and try and get back on leads, especially with a team like this at home. You’ve got to stick with it as much as possible.”

Martell Webster Postgame

On adjustments:

“We just need to make the shots. That’s the most important thing. When we as a team knock down open shots that allows John (Wall) to get open and get creative in the paint. It was wide open for him, especially in the last six minutes of the game. That’s when we really gave ourselves a chance.”

Chris Singleton Postgame