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What was a close game for much of the first half, turned into a rout as the Spurs knocked off the Wizards 118-92 on Monday night at Verizon Center.

The Wizards got off to a good start and hit their first three shots of the game including two from Kevin Seraphin. The two teams traded buckets for much of the first half before the Spurs ended the half on an 8-0 run to take a 12 point lead into the locker room. The second half was a different story as the Spurs ran away with it right from the start and did whatever they wanted on the offensive end. The Wizards gave up a season-high 118 points to the Spurs, who average over 100 points per game.

Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 19 points, Kevin Seraphin added 18, Martell Webster finished with 16, while A.J. Price and Bradley Beal ended with 11 apiece.

Up next, the Wizards host the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday night at Verizon Center.


Jordan Crawford
Points: 19
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 2

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 19
Rebounds: Kevin Seraphin - 7
Assists: A.J. Price - 7
Blocks: Kevin Seraphin - 2
Steals: Kevin Seraphin - 4

On Spurs performance:

“I would like for us to be able to play like that one day. Obviously Popovich and that team have been together for a long time and they know each other very well, credit to them. They had 32 assists on 45 baskets, that’s the way the game should be played and hopefully we can take a page out of that for the future.”

On Wizards performance:

“I think we came out with good energy. We played a good first quarter. I didn’t mind our start at all. Like I said we were down four at the half and then in the third quarter they made a run and we couldn’t get our momentum back from there. ”
On game:

“It comes down to us. We are all embarrassed plain and simple. We knew the game plan and didn’t come out and execute it, lack of execution defensively. We had shots falling. All around effort was not up to par but there are no excuses. Guys continue to play hard but overall it was embarrassing.”

On the Spurs:

“With a team like that you can’t turn the ball over because they capitalize on all turnovers. I had a couple of foolish turnovers and they capitalized on them. It just goes to show that’s a team that has been battling together, especially their core three, night in and night out they know what to do to get the win.”
On game:

“It’s just our defensive breakdowns and the Spurs are a great team. Their plays weren’t killing us. They were just playing basketball, playing smart. They have been playing together for a long time, but their IQ for the game is super high and they know where each other are on the court at all times. We knew the game plan coming in but didn’t go through with it.”

On learning from the Spurs:

“We can definitely learn from them. Sometimes we need to play like that and not be so structured all the time. It doesn’t come down to X’s and O’s all the time, sometimes it’s just toughness and making plays. They didn’t run a play every time down court. They just played in the flow of the game. That’s how the game of basketball was invented, just to play and have fun.”