The Wizards started the game hitting their first four shots, while the Spurs settled for long jumpers before deciding to attack the paint. The starters played to a stalemate until the bench, led by five quick points from Patty Mills, got the offense flowing. After seven lead changes, the Spurs led at the end of the quarter 23-22.
Even with Manu Ginobili out for rest, the bench continued to play well to start the second quarter, building the lead to seven before Pop went back to his starters. Tony Parker took over from there with nine straight points. Otto Porter scored seven straight to keep the Wizards in it, and Spurs finished the half up 54-44 after leading by as many as 15.
The Spurs came back from halftime with five quick points off a Danny Green three and classic steal-and-slam from Kawhi Leonard. They maintained a comfortable lead throughout and finished the third quarter up 90-76 with solid play from both units.
Jonathan Simmons had his best game since the season opener with several highlight plays on both ends, including a chase-down block to start the fourth quarter, and the Spurs cruised to a convincing win from there. Everyone contributed in this one, and the Spurs won their 9th straight game, 112-100.
San Antonio improves to 14-3 and remains unbeaten on the road. Their next game is on Tuesday at home against the Orlando Magic. Stay tuned for more on this one, and be sure to visit Bullets Forever for the Wizards’ perspective.