Execution was at a high level on the offensive end last night as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Washington Wizards 129-112. The Spurs would shoot 66% in the first half, using a 40 point out burst in the second quarter to build a 21 point lead. The Wizards would outscore the Spurs in the second half 54-52, but the damage was done in the first half as the Spurs scored 77 points to Washington’s 58.
Eight Spurs players scored in double figures, five Wizards did the same. The difference was the level of execution.
Leading the way for Washington was Bradley Beal with 25 points and Thomas Bryant with 19 points. The Spurs were led by LaMarcus Aldrige’s 24 points and Rudy Gay added 18 off of the bench.
An offensive clinic was put on by the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of this game. Nearly every Aldridge post touch led to a basket, either for him or a teammate a few passes later.
The Wizards switch quite often defensively, so the Spurs took advantage of it. San Antonio simply identified the mismatch and attacked from that area of the floor. Washington tends to over help at times and it made things that much easier for a team that moves the ball like San Antonio does.
Washington didn’t struggle offensively either, they just faced a bit more resistance than they provided for San Antonio. Four Spurs players scored in double figures in the first half, two Wizards players did with two more having nine points at the time.
The excellent ball movement by the Spurs continued in the second half as they continued to execute on that end of the floor.
The Wizards made a small push at the start of the second half, but the Spurs regained control shortly thereafter. The teams were getting up and down and trading baskets, but that’s not what Washington needed.
As Brooks mentioned following the loss to the Bulls, the Wizards are giving these young players an opportunity to show what they have in extended stretches. Jeff Green was on the court with Randle, Brown Jr, Robinson, and Bryant to start the fourth quarter.
Washington travels to New York before returning home to host the Celtics next Tuesday.