Instant analysis: Spurs 92, Wizards 79

Instant analysis: Spurs 92, Wizards 79
November 13, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Wizards fall in San Antonio 92-79

The good news for the Wizards is they finally held an opponent to less than 100 points.

The bad news is just about everything else.

The inevitable happened Wednesday as the Wizards ended their three-game road trip at the San Antonio Spurs with their third consecutive loss to fall to 2-6.

And they lost John Wall (right eye) and Trevor Ariza (right hamstring strain) during the game as neither player returned. 

The Spurs (8-1) had six players score in double figures, led by Tony Parker's 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and 49 points from their bench. Tim Duncan wasn't much of a factor with only two points as he missed 11 of 12 shots. 

It was the Wizards' 13th consecutive loss in San Antonio, where they haven't won since 1999. They are 4-0 this season when holding opponents to less than 90 points. 

Wall checked out in the third quarter with 40 seconds left after he was poked in the eye on a loose ball by Jeff Ayers. The Spurs were leading 68-57 and the fourth quarter wasn't competitive as coach Randy Wittman played mostly his reserves.

Turning point: The Wizards whittled the deficit to 60-57 until the Spurs went on a 10-0 run because of buckets from Manu Ginobili and three-point shots made by reserves Patty Mills and Marco Belinelli to blow the game back open and never look back.

Best in show: Martell Webster. He had his best game of the season with a team-high 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting and 10 rebounds. 

Needs improvement: Wall's jump shot. He kept the Wizards in it early with 12 first-half points, but he finished shooting just 5-for-19 for 14 points. 

Key stats: The Wizards only had nine turnovers but 15 assists -- just three coming from Wall. They were dominated in the paint again as the Spurs had the edge 52-30 without Duncan being a factor. 

On the shelf: Ariza strained his right hamstring and didn't return after playing 17 minutes. He was 1-for-4 shooting for three points. Al Harrington didn't log any minutes because of a sore right knee.

Significant minutes: Jan Vesely and Glen Rice didn't make their first appearances of the season until the final minute of the 105-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Both appeared early vs. the Spurs. Vesely was the first post player off the bench, jumping ahead of Kevin Seraphin in the rotation and entering at 4:41 of the first quarter for Nene. Rice entered at 2:31 of the second quarter for Ariza. Vesely and Rice scored two points each. 

Up next: The Wizards are off Thursday and will practice Friday before playing the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday at Verizon Center (CSN, 7 p.m ET).

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