Spurs 92, Wizards 79

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SAN ANTONIO -- Point guard Tony Parker scored 16 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to their sixth consecutive win, a 92-79 decision over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.
The Spurs (8-1) had six players provide double-digit points, including center Tiago Splitter, who had 12 points and nine rebounds. Forward Boris Diaw scored 15, forward Kawhi Leonard added 13, and guards Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli each had 10 as San Antonio returned home from a two-game, East Coast road trip.
Forward Tim Duncan, who was held out of Monday's game in Philadelphia, returned to the lineup but struggled. He scored two points on 1-of 12 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds.
Forward Martell Webster led Washington (2-6) with 21 points. Guard Bradley Beal added 19, while John Wall had 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Wizards cut 19-point deficit to three when Webster hit a turnaround three minutes into the third quarter.
San Antonio, which led the whole game, answered with 19-2 run, pushing the lead to 79-59 when Ginobili hit a 3-pointer.
Diaw's jumper with 5:29 to go gave the Spurs an 89-64 lead, and the game was well in hand.
The Wizards struggled from the field, shooting 36 percent (33-for-91), but they made a first-half run. They used a 14-3 spurt in the second quarter to cut the Spurs' lead to 48-40, but Leonard scored the final four points of the half to put the Spurs up 52-42.
Leonard started strong, scoring the first eight points of the game. San Antonio dished out eight assists to lead 25-17 after the first quarter.
Washington forward Trevor Ariza sat out the second half due to a strained right hamstring. Ariza, averaging a career-best 16.4 points per game, finished with three points in 17 minutes.
NOTES: San Antonio celebrated military appreciation night, with the Spurs wearing camouflage-patterned uniforms. San Antonio, known as Military City U.S.A., has a high population of military personnel and is home to three military installations. The Spurs will wear the uniforms one more time this season. ... Entering the game, the Wizards were averaging 25.0 assists a game, which ranked fourth in the NBA. They were limited to 15 assists Wednesday. ... San Antonio is very stingy when the Wizards visit, holding Washington under 100 points while winning the past 13 contests. The Wizards' last victory in San Antonio was on Dec. 11, 1999. ... A familiar face for San Antonio was on the Wizards' bench. Assistant coach Don Newman spent 2005-12 as an assistant coach with the Spurs.

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