April 21, 2021

Wizards lose big in first game of Texas road swing, fall to Spurs 112-97

The Wizards started a six game road trip in San Antonio, and despite the need to get off on the right foot were dispatched again by the Spurs in convincing fashion 112-97.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 31 points on 14-for-19 shooting while also carving the Wizards up for seven assists. Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair combined for 42 points and 28 rebounds in beating up the Wizards front line.

JaVale McGee had a solid game for the Wizards, posting a double-double of 21 points and 15 boards. Nick Young shot well on the night, getting 18 points on 10 shots including 4-for-5 from three point range, but the rest of the Wizards combined to shoot 23-64. John Wall struggled, only posting 12 points and five assists, though he committed just two turnovers—a recent development that would inspire confidence had the team played a better gave overall.

The Wizards kept it close in the opening minutes of the game, even tying the game at 18 with under five left to play in the quarter. But the Spurs went on a 14-6 run to open up an eight point lead at the quarter.

After scoring seven quick points, five from Nick Young and two free throws from recently returned Andray Blatche, the Wizards offense stalled. San Antonio capitalized, turning a 36-31 lead into 51-33 advantage with six minutes to play in the half. The team got buckets from six different Spurs in the process.

The Wizards were able to close to within nine in the final quarter, but three point specialist Roger Mason couldn’t connect on jumpers down the stretch and the team wasn’t able to get any closer.

The Spurs outscored the Wizards 64-30 in the paint, but mismatches were all over the court. Playing the pick and roll to perfection, Parker was able to get clean looks at the rim while the team also assisted on 30 of their 48 baskets–while committing a mere 10 turnovers.

With Parker, we had our hands full,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “He’s playing as well as anybody in the league. He’s a tough cover, I understand that. But, in the first half, we just allowed him to get to the rim time after time after time after time.”

Wall recognized that that it wasn’t one position or misstep that doomed them Monday night.

“It’s everything. No help side, no closing back on shooters, and they score whenever they want to, basically.”

The Wizards play at Dallas tonight in the Texas leg of their road trip, then swing through New Orleans and Atlanta on Thursday and Friday before facing off against Memphis Sunday.

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