Spurs extend win streak to nine, stay unbeaten on road
WASHINGTON -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points as the San Antonio Spurs won their ninth straight game overall and improved to 10-0 on the road this season with a 112-100 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Tony Parker had 20 points and Kawhi Leonard scored 19 for the Spurs (14-3), who shot 53.3 percent from the field, outscored Washington 23-10 from the free throw line and led by 19 points in the second half.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards (5-10) with 25 points and John Wall added 21.
Washington had won a season-high two straight, including 94-91 at the Orlando Magic on Friday for its first road victory of the season. Otto Porter finished with 14 points.
Both teams played elsewhere Friday. Not surprisingly, the deeper Spurs were better equipped to handle the back-to-back scenario. Jonathon Simmons scored 15 points and Patty Mills 13 as San Antonio's reserves outscored Washington's 35-18.
Parker scored 11 points and the Spurs shot 50 percent from the field for a 54-44 halftime lead.
After Washington closed to 69-62 midway through the third quarter, San Antonio ended any hint of a comeback with a 16-7 run during which Aldridge and Mills each sank a 3-pointer and scored five points.
The Spurs made 11 of 16 shots from the field in the quarter before the crowd of 17,066.
Adding to their depth woes, the Wizards lost Markieff Morris in the third quarter when the starting forward was ejected after arguing with the officials over a foul call. Morris had 12 points in 19 minutes.
Washington's bench did receive some help as Ian Mahinmi made his season and Wizards debut in the first quarter after missing the opening 14 games following left knee surgery. Signing the veteran center to a four-year, $64 million contract was Washington's splashiest move in free agency. He finished with one point and one rebound in 15 minutes.
The Wizards shot 48.3 percent from the field but just 6 of 22 on 3-pointers. Mills made three from deep as the Spurs finished 9 of 24.
NOTES: Spurs C Dewayne Dedmon (left knee sprain) was deemed doubtful by the team. ... Wizards coach Scott Brooks on the return of C Ian Mahinmi: "He brings some good experience. Some rim protection. Just some defensive toughness. He gives you a comfort zone on both ends of the floor." ... Washington visits San Antonio on Dec. 2 to wrap up the season series. ... The Spurs are off until Tuesday when they face the Orlando Magic in San Antonio. ... The Wizards host the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.