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The Spurs tally another win in the cozy confines of the AT&T Center. Washington played well, barely besting the Spurs in several key measures, but San Antonio's shooting edge carried the day.

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Spurs 114, Wizards 95 - Dec 16, '15

The Spurs continue to strangle opponents at home, notching their 23rd straight home victory and 14th on the season as they cruised to a win over Wizards, who fought valiantly but could not resist the power of the Spurs Death Star.

What was crazy about this game was that the Wizards really didn't play poorly. They bested the Spurs in three of the Four Factors, gaining slight edges in ballhandling, offensive rebounding rate and free throw rate. Of course, the most important of the Four Factors is Shooting, where the Spurs gained an obscene 14 percentage point edge in effective field goal percentage.

Even without Tim Duncan's rim protection, the Spurs held Washington to an abysmal 42.9% shooting from inside the restricted area. The Wizards also could barely get up any uncontested threes, as the league's leading three point defense struck once again, holding Washington to a meagre 3/15 from deep.

On the other end of the floor, the Spurs scored from all over the floor, dropping bunnies from short range, nailing mid range jumpers at an obscene rate and shooting a respectable 36.4% from three.

I don't think I'm ever going to stop being amazed by the things Kawhi Leonard can do on the court. He scored 27 points on 9-15 shooting, went 4-7 from deep to continue his reign as league's leading 3 point shooter, dished out 4 assists and grabbed 4 steals just to top it off. He is a very, very bad man.

David West had a great showing, helping the Duncan-less Spurs remain competitive on the boards with 10 rebounds and putting up nine points to go with an assist, two blocks and a steal.

LaMarcus Aldridge had his shot going from mid-range, with another 50+ FG% outing. He continues to look more comfortable in the Spurs offense, and it's really exciting to see his low FG% from early in the season continuing to trend in the right direction. Aldridge has always been able to score in volume; finding a way to make him an efficient scorer too is flat out unfair.

Manu continues to produce absurd numbers in minimal minutes, going 4-7 from the field for 11 points, 3 boards 8 assists (season high), and a steal with 3 turnovers the only mark Bad Manu was allowed to make on the game.  

Tony had a great night as a distributor, dishing out a season high 10 assists. He continues to look spry. Every game that goes by with Tony near peak form is an encouraging sign.  

The star of the game, of course, was Boban Marjanovic, who played 15 glorious minutes, going 2-4 from the field and hitting 3 of 4 free throws to go with 6 boards 2 blocks and a turnover. I've never liked or rooted so hard for a player as Boban. His presence at the end of the bench makes even blowouts worth watching, but he has flashed the ability to function as a solid backup center.

He continue to improve on his hands and looks less turnover prone with each passing game. His 15 minutes with a single turnovers helped drop him from the most turnover prone Spur on the season to the 4th a TO Ratio of 14.1, lower than David West, Jonathon Simmons and (somehow) Tim Duncan*. For another point of reference, Aron Baynes averaged 13.9 last year, and Jeff Ayres broke the scale at 19.6 in 2013-2014.  A superbly skilled 7'3" backup center who turns the ball over less than Timmy? Only the Spurs could be so lucky.

* Has anyone else noticed how often Tim has been throwing the ball away lately? I checked, and Duncan's 14.9 TO Ratio this year is 1.5x higher than last year's 9.9. Cause for concern? Probably not. But something to watch out for.

The Spurs look to continue their dominance on Friday when they host the Clippers. I can't recall exactly what happened the last time those teams met, but some part of me hopes this one ends with Boban Marjanovic throwing Chris Paul seven rows into the stands. Go Spurs Go!

Four Factors (def.)

Spurs Wizards
Shooting (eFG%) 58% 44%
Ball Handling (TO%) 13% 12%
Off Rebounding (OR%) 22% 22%
Shooting FTs (FT Rate) 28% 30%

Team Stats (Definitions at bottom of post)

Spurs Wizards
Pace (No. of Possessions) 97.6
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.17 0.97
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.37 1.13
2-PT FG% 59.0% 46.4%
3-PT FG% 36.4% 20.0%
FT% 78.3% 88.0%
True Shooting % 61.2% 50.0%
Spurs
Wizards
Offensive Rating 116.2 97.9
Defensive Rating 97.9 116.2
Net Rating 18.2 -18.2
Spurs Wizards
Passes / poss. 2.4 2.1
% of FGA uncontested 56.6% 46.4%
Points in the paint 48 40
Second chance points 17 6
Fast break points 15 19
Spurs Wizards
Assists 29 22
Steals 10 6
Turnovers 11 12
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
3.55 2.33
Spurs Wizards
Expected Offensive Rebounds 9.0 11.3
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Difference -1.0 -1.3

Spurs Shot Chart

Wizards Shot Chart

Players (Definitions at bottom of post, columns sortable)

Spurs

Player
Min
AdjGS
GS/Min
Line
Usage%
Floor%
OffRtg
DefRtg
NetRtg
Kawhi Leonard 38 27.8 0.73 27 Pts (9-15 FG, 4-7 3PT, 5-6 FT) 3 Reb (0 Off), 4 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 TO, 2 PF 23% 66% 107.4 103.5 3.9
David West 25 12.4 0.50 9 Pts (4-7 FG, 1-2 FT) 10 Reb (3 Off), 1 Ast, 2 Blk, 1 Stl, 3 PF 14% 59% 111.1 97.2 13.9
LaMarcus Aldridge 33 12.1 0.36 14 Pts (6-12 FG, 2-2 FT) 6 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 PF 17% 56% 108.2 102.3 5.9
Manu Ginobili 18 12.0 0.65 11 Pts (4-7 FG, 1-3 3PT, 2-2 FT) 3 Reb (0 Off), 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 TO, 3 PF 27% 59% 123.6 91.0 32.6
Tony Parker 26 10.7 0.41 10 Pts (5-13 FG, 0-2 3PT ) 4 Reb (2 Off), 10 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 3 TO, 2 PF 27% 46% 97.4 98.9 -1.4
Patty Mills 19 9.0 0.47 11 Pts (4-8 FG, 0-2 3PT, 3-3 FT) , 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 PF 23% 63% 131.7 88.6 43.2
Boban Marjanovic 15 7.8 0.52 7 Pts (2-4 FG, 3-4 FT) 6 Reb (2 Off), 2 Blk, 1 TO, 1 PF 20% 53% 140.0 82.5 57.5
Boris Diaw 21 6.7 0.32 6 Pts (3-5 FG, 0-1 3PT ) 5 Reb (0 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF 13% 51% 114.4 100.7 13.7
Kyle Anderson 17 5.7 0.34 6 Pts (2-3 FG, 2-4 FT) 1 Reb (0 Off), 2 Ast, 2 Blk, 1 TO, 2 PF 16% 58% 132.4 100.1 32.3
Danny Green 19 5.2 0.28 7 Pts (3-7 FG, 1-5 3PT ) 4 Reb (0 Off), 1 Blk, 1 PF 16% 42% 108.3 88.0 20.3
Matt Bonner 2 2.8 1.49 3 Pts (1-1 FG, 1-1 3PT ) 1 Reb (0 Off), 1 PF 33% 100% 166.7 128.9 37.8
Jonathon Simmons 4 1.7 0.42 3 Pts (1-1 FG, 1-1 3PT ) , 1 Ast, 1 TO, 2 PF 25% 54% 142.9 114.2 28.7
Rasual Butler 3 0.0 0.00 0 Pts , 0% 0% 200.0 163.9 36.1

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Spurs Index: 103.0 (def.)

Factor Value Score
Passing (AST%) 65.9% 31.8
Shooting (eFG%) 57.8% 21.5
Defensive Rebounding (DReb%) 77.8% 20.4
Defense (DefRtg) 97.9 20.4
Opponent % of FGA Uncontested 46.4% 8.8
Total 103.0

Wizards Spurs Index: 91.4 Show Breakdown

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