NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Washington
(Saturday, January 2nd)
Final Score: San Antonio 97, Washington 86
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan went 10-of-16 from the field on his way to 23 points while pulling down seven rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs continued their recent dominance over the Washington Wizards with a 97-86 victory at Verizon Center.
Roger Mason added a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Spurs, who have topped the Wizards nine straight times, including a 106-84 rout in the Alamo City on November 21. Tony Parker chipped in 12 points and seven assists, while Richard Jefferson ended with 11 points for San Antonio, which has won five in a row.
"We executed down the stretch offensively. The second half was totally different than the first half defensively. And that defense allowed us to have an opportunity to execute at the end of the game," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.
Caron Butler finished with 24 points and six rebounds for the Wizards, who haven't beat San Antonio since a 110-95 win on November 12, 2005. Gilbert Arenas donated 23 points and eight assists, while Antawn Jamison added 17 points and nine rebounds for Washington, which has lost four consecutive games.
Trailing, 80-79, with 6 1/2 minutes to play in the fourth, the Spurs closed the game out on an 18-6 run. Duncan tallied seven points during the burst, which Manu Ginobili ended with a layup and free throw to account for the final margin.
A small 6-0 burst late in the first quarter had the Spurs ahead, 30-18, with a minute remaining, but the Wizards responded with six straight points to close out the period. Arenas' trey had Washington within 30-24.
Down, 40-33, with eight minutes left in the second, the Wizards ripped off 10 consecutive points to go in front. Butler tallied the final four points of the stretch, making it a 43-40 contest with five minutes remaining until half. The score was tied at 50 heading into the locker room.
The third stanza remained tight throughout, and Washington took a 71-70 edge into the fourth.
"The defense wasn't the problem tonight. We just failed to score ourselves," Wizards center Brendan Haywood said.
The Spurs shot 50.7 percent from the field, while the Wizards made 43.8 percent of their shots...Ginobili had 10 points and four rebounds.
01/03 00:05:06 ET