WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP)–Boris Diaw scored 16 points, Tiago Splitter had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Parker added 15 to help the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth straight over the still-winless Washington Wizards 118-92 on Monday night.
The Wizards are the 12th team in NBA history to start the season 0-12 according to STATS and are six away from equaling the New Jersey Nets’ record 0-18 start in 2009-10. In their first 11 games, Washington lost by a total of just 72 points and never by more than 16.
The Spurs had seven players in double figures as they continued their successful road trip. Tim Duncan had 14, Gary Neal 13, Manu Ginobili 12 and Matt Bonner had 11. After winning the first four games of the six-game trip, they’re now 8-1 on the road and 12-3 overall.
San Antonio took the lead with eight minutes to go in the first half and ended it on a 20-10 run for a 60-48 lead.
Playing their usual precise offensive game with pinpoint passes and lots of open shots, the Spurs steadily increased their advantage in the third quarter and led 92-70 after three.
San Antonio’s largest lead was 29 in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards were led by Jordan Crawford’s 19 and Kevin Seraphin with 18.
Washington played without Nene, who in just his second game after missing nine with a left foot injury, played 29 minutes in a double-overtime loss to Charlotte on Saturday. Coach Randy Wittman defended playing Nene nine more minutes than he planned, saying he wanted to play. “Nene and I have to be on the same (page). I can’t feel what he’s feeling. When he states that he wants to continue, I trust him,” Wittman said.
Immediately after Wittman said that Nene was “a game-time decision,” the coach walked over to Nene’s locker to talk with him. Nene, who was clearly not dressing for the game, walked away without commenting.
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Listen here to what Randy Wittman, Martell Webster, who said “We’re all embarrassed, plain and simple”, Bradley Beal & AJ Price had to say following the loss.
Randy Wittman Postgame Audio
Martell Webster Postgame Audio
Bradley Beal Postgame Audio
AJ Price Postgame Audio