The game went back and fourth to start, both teams down a starter. The Wizards without Bradley Beal and the Spurs without Tim Duncan. The Spurs went down early but the second unit came in to speed up the pace and gained the lead at 19-18. Both teams began the game shooting well but Washington had the slight edge. Kawhi Leonard and John Wall both had solid quarters, each with nine points, and the Spurs trailed 31-26 after one.
The second unit, with Boban Marjanovic, went on a run in the second to regain the lead and it seemed as if the momentum had shifted towards the Spurs. Manu and Boris Diaw created offense and the starters sprinkled back into the line-up with a slight advantage. The lack of interior defense without Duncan was evident for San Antonio, and the Spurs allowed Marcin Gortat 14 first half points. After going down nine, the Wizards cut the deficit the three to close the half.
The Spurs quickly went on a 6-2 run to push the lead to seven to start the second half, Kawhi really got going and all of a sudden the Spurs had a very comfortable 15 point lead after out-scoring the Wizards 20-8 halfway through the third. Leonard ended the quarter 8-for-12 with 24 points and four steals, and the Spurs enjoyed a 86-71 lead.
Despite the Wizards having a relatively good game, the Spurs shot well over 50% for the majority of the game and the hole kept getting bigger and bigger for Washington. Then SA went up 22 and the game was officially out of reach. Kawhi had 27 points, Tony had 10 assists, Manu had eight assists, David West had 10 rebounds, everything clicked once again for the Spurs.
Spurs win again, improve 22-5, and stay a perfect 14-0 at home.
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Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Patty Mills are legendary teammates. pic.twitter.com/ff7OlgZEJK— Chris Itz (@Chris_Itz1) December 17, 2015