The San Antonio Spurs went into Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Wizards and my guess would be they weren’t exactly worried. Over the past few NBA seasons, the Spurs have dominated the Wizards, winning their 14 previous games against them prior to Wednesday night. They went ahead and handily extended that winning streak to 15 games.
Tony Parker and company topped the Wizards by a score of 92-79 on the evening with a big team defensive effort coming from the Spurs. They only forced nine turnovers on the evening, but their ability to rotate and challenge shots from almost anywhere on the floor allowed them to hold Washington to just 36.3 percent shooting on the night.
There’s no doubt it works in the Spurs favor when they play defense at that high of a level. However, their defense is also a big reason why the negative effects of a poor game from Tim Duncan weren’t felt too strongly. Duncan finished the game with just two points and eight rebounds while going just 1-12 from the field and while also not getting to the line at all. Another reason why the Spurs didn’t feel the bad wind of Duncan’s performance, though, was that so many of the other Spurs players were able to step up and contribute well.
On the night, the Spurs had six players finish the game in double figures and had eight players score six or more points. Moreover, the Spurs were incredibly efficient as a team with only four players of the 13 that saw the floor shooting below 50 percent from the floor.
When you think about it, a game like Wednesday night’s is what makes the Spurs a powerhouse in this league. The way they are constructed and the way that they play under Gregg Popovich, this team has the ability weather bad games from some of their stars because guys can step up all over the floor. It’s games like this why, even with an aging core, the Spurs figure to be in the mix to make it to the NBA Finals once again this year.