Earlier this month, in San Antonio, the Wizards got beaten by a Spurs team that wasn’t a full strength. Prior to that meeting, the Wizards had lost 16 consecutive games to the reigning NBA champions. Last night, only Kawhi Leonard was missing for the World Champions, but both Parker and Duncan were available.
Washington took the fight to San Antonio early and never looked back, the Spurs only ‘won’ one quarter. The Wizards got key contributions from their stars and their role players. John Wall was spectacular, looking especially assertive opposed to the last meeting in which he was much more of a facilitator. The All-Star point guard had 25 points, eight assists, and two blocks.
Those role players that stepped up? Kris Humphries and Kevin Seraphin, the duo combined for 27 points and 16 rebounds off of the bench. While Nene and Gortat didn’t have huge nights offensively, they did combine for 21 rebounds. That went a long way into Washington owning the glass, 48-34.
Back to Wall, his offensive game was near flawless. Last year during media day, he spoke about his work in the low post. Wanting to incorporate that into his game, well last night that was evident. There have been glimpses since then, but last night was the first time in where he looked completely comfortable in that situation. He took advantage of his size and athleticism and scored rather easily the couple of times he caught the ball on the block. Wall also hit two of his three attempts from beyond the arc, anytime he’s hitting from deep it’s going to be a long night, they guy is already a tough cover without the threat of the three point shot.
Washington did a good job on the defensive end of the floor for most of the night, while they shot 49.3% from the floor and 50% from deep, they did a good job closing out on shooters. San Antonio shot just 39.6% from the floor and 31% from deep.
Outside of Tiago Splitter, none of the Spurs starters shot well from the field. The Wizards ended up snapping a 17 game losing streak and winning their seventeenth home game of the year on the same night.
Washington will be in Chicago tonight to face the Bulls.