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WASHINGTON -- The Spurs are experienced and savvy and have good team chemistry. And, in terms of their record, win-heavy. In other words, everything the Washington Wizards are not.

When the two met Monday, San Antonio went with a balanced approach in racking up its latest road victory. The winless Wizards' record remains decidedly tilted in the wrong direction.

Boris Diaw paced seven double-figure Spurs scorers with a season-high 16 points, and Tony Parker scored 15 as the Spurs enhanced their NBA-best road record with a 118-92 win over the Nene-less Washington Wizards.

The Spurs (12-3) improved to 8-1 on the road this season and 4-0 on their current six-game road trip. San Antonio has triumphed 13 straight times over Washington, including six consecutive times on the Wizards home court.

No matter the venue, every team is finding success against the Wizards (0-12). Every defeat extends the franchise's season-opening record losing streak, but Monday's game was Washington's most lopsided defeat during the skid.

"We're all embarrassed, plain and simple," Wizards' forward Martell Webster said. "Our all-around effort was not up to par. We have to be better. There are no excuses. There's nothing I can say. Overall, it was embarrassing."

Tiago Splitter had 15 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, Tim Duncan scored 14 and Gary Neal 13 for the Spurs. San Antonio's only visit of the season to Washington marked the Spurs' third game in four days, including Sunday's double-overtime win at Toronto.

"It was huge for us, especially after what happened last night," Parker said. "It was huge for us to have a good start and make sure we play well right away. Don't mess with them, because we knew they were 0-11. You don't want to mess with that kind of team. You just want to from the get-go pound them and that's what we did."

The Spurs pulled away with a 20-4 run overlapping halftime, then maintained a double-digit margin throughout the second half, eventually pushing the lead to 29.

"With [three] minutes to go in the half it's a four-point game. I think we come in down 12 at half," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said, noting the Spurs 60-48 lead at the break. "It kind of took our will away."

The Spurs' crisp ball movement and knockdown shooting did as well. San Antonio drained 13 of 23 three-pointers, shot well over 50 percent from the field in both halves and netted 32 assists, all leading to its season-high point total.

"Credit to them," Wittman said. They carved us up pretty good tonight and we kind of succumbed to it. Thirty-two assists on 45 baskets, that's the way the game should be played."

Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, Kevin Seraphin 18 and Webster 16 for the Wizards, who have suffered half of their losses at home. Only three of the dozen defeats have been by at least 10 points.

Washington faced San Antonio without power forward Nene. The Brazilian big man played the previous two games after missing the Wizards' opening nine games with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Nene gutted out 29 minutes in the Wizards' double-overtime loss against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday and keyed numerous rallies, though none ultimately proved winning.

"His soreness was enough in my mind and his mind that it was probably best to sit out than go out there feeling the way he did," Wittman said. "This is like training camp for him right now. His body is pretty beat up and sore."

Wittman sent out his fourth different starting lineup of the season and used 11 players in the first quarter. Despite the all-hands-on-deck approach and a four-point play from Webster, Washington trailed 29-25 after one quarter and 60-48 at halftime.

Leading by two points with 3:00 left before halftime, the Spurs closed the second quarter on a 10-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Manu Ginobili and Diaw. Parker, Neal and Splitter each scored 11 points in the first half. Webster, perfect on four field goals, including two from beyond the arc, led Washington with 13 first-half points.

After Washington scored the opening basket of the second half, the Spurs scored six straight points, capped by a Duncan bank shot.

San Antonio led 92-70 after three quarters, and Matt Bonner's 3-pointer gave the Spurs their largest lead at 107-78.

Ginobili scored 12 points, and fellow reserve Bonner finished with a season-high 11. With San Antonio's starters needing a blow, the bench delivered with 69 points.

"We knew we were going to play a lot of guys and kind of keep our minutes down especially after the tough one last night," said Duncan, who like Parker did not play in the fourth quarter. "We came in here and we gave (the bench) a little lead and guys stepped up and started making shots and we extended that lead. And it's just great to sit there in the fourth quarter, especially after the game we had last night."

NOTES: The New Jersey Nets set the NBA record with 18 consecutive losses opening the 2009-10 season. ... Wizards forward Trevor Booker (right knee strain) missed his third consecutive game. ... ... San Antonio continues its tour of the Southeast division in Orlando on Wednesday, the same day Washington wraps up its three-game homestand against Portland.
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