Spurs Edge Wizards in Double-Overtime Thriller PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Strack   
Thursday, 06 February 2014
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Nene has his shot altered by Spurs' Tim Duncan. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Wizards were in position to do it, to turn the metaphorical corner and hit the ground running. They had beaten Oklahoma City and Portland the previous two games to post an above-.500 record for the first time in four years. They had built a double-digit halftime lead against the reigning Western Conference champions. They had even forced a second overtime in miraculous fashion, but it proved moot as the Spurs edged Washington Wednesday night, 125-118.
 
With San Antonio up four points and 8 ticks left in overtime, a timeout gave handfuls of fans the opportunity to scurry for the parking lot. But John Wall hit a quick reverse layup with 6 seconds remaining and the Spurs – up two with the ball – advanced to half court with a timeout. Wall wasn’t done, jumping in front of Patty Mills to intercept Tim Duncan’s lazy inbounds pass and go the length of the court to score the tying layup with 1.4 seconds left.
 
Duncan, who finished with a season-high 31 points, fouled out early in the second overtime, but San Antonio would control the extra period with impressive production from their bench. The victory gives the Spurs their sixteenth consecutive against the Wizards and was labeled by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as one of the finest wins he’s ever been associated with.
 
“It's a frustrating loss because we had that game,” said center Marcin Gortat. “We thought that we were going to break history today and we were going to finally beat them after nine years, but I guess we will have to wait another six months.”
 
The Wizards led 62-48 at the half, but came out “lackadaisical,” said head coach Randy Wittman. The Spurs went on a 9-0 run to start the third quarter and from then on, it was a dogfight. Washington went up five points with less than two minutes to go in the fourth, but a Mills three-pointer and Duncan floater knotted it up, setting up free basketball for the 15,791 in attendance.
 
Wall led the Wizards with 29 points and nine assists, but despite his heroics to conclude the first overtime, the all-star missed all six of his shots in the final five minutes. Bradley Beal contributed 19 points but sat out the second overtime after a concussion scare.

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Tim Duncan of the Spurs tries to juke Nene of the Wizards. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
Manu Ginobili was out with a strained hamstring and Tony Parker played only 19 minutes for the Spurs, taking a seat after the first half with tightness in his lower back. Backup point guard Mills shined in his absence, scoring 23 points in just 20 minutes. Sharpshooter Danny Green added 22 points to the double-overtime effort.
 
Ball-screen switching was an issue for the Wizards, according to Coach Wittman and spoiled the chance for a third-straight win against another elite team.
 
“We fought and made a heck of an effort to tie the game there at the end, but because of our undisciplined defensively, guys got hot,” he said. “Green got hot, Mills, Belinelli, and its all because ours taking short cuts.”

It all came back to Duncan though – the Spurs’ only established star left on the floor – who beat up Gortat on the offensive end, scoring at will. He connected on 13 of 20 shots and added 11 rebounds to help lead the second-half surge.

“We had a lot of guys put a lot of minutes in and it was an incredibly physical game and just a great comeback for us and a really good win for us on the road,” said Duncan. “This is a very, very good team…they have an identity that’s a lot different than [Wizards] teams in the past that we’ve played.”

The Wizards look to get back on track Friday when they host Cleveland in their first Eastern Conference matchup in eight games. Perhaps the shift will push some big wins against the West to the background.

“Those games, right now, are so small,” said Gortat. “We look at the bigger picture: playoffs and good positions for players…we’ve got to keep working on our stuff and we have to come ready to play, every single day. That’s the most important thing for us.”
 
Photo Gallery - Washington Wizards vs. San Antonio Spurs
 
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Marcin Gortat of the Wizards and Tim Duncan of the Spurs goes up for the tip-off at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Nene of the Wizards looks to score against Tim Duncan of the Spurs. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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John Wall of the Wizards gets a dunk. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Garrett Temple of the Wizards is pushed from behind while going to the basket. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Wizards' Bradley Beal is goes up strong against the Spurs. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Bradley Beal of the Wizards loses the ball. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Wizards' Bradley Beal elevates for a thunderous dunk. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Spurs' Tony Parker and Wizards' John Wall have a chat during a break in play. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Wizards' Bradley Beal gets lay up. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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View of the Verizon Court from the stands. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Wizards' John Wall connects on a long jumper. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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Tim Duncan of the Spurs is fouled by Nene of the Wizards. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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John Wall of the Wizards rest at the scorer's table during timeout. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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The ageless Tim Duncan lead the Spurs with 31 points and 11 rebounds. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
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A tired John Wall of the Wizards looks at clock during overtime. San Antonio defeated Washington 125-118 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 5, 2014. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box
 
 
 
 
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