Spurs immune to Wizards' upset charms

Spurs immune to Wizards' upset charms
November 13, 2013, 1:00 pm
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May 21, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) prior to tip-off against the Memphis Grizzlies in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center.

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Last season the Wizards were giant killers. Despite just 29 wins overall, there were victories over the Heat, Knicks, Pacers, Nets, Bulls, Thunder, Nuggets, Clippers and Grizzlies, teams that finished among the top 5 in either the Eastern or Western Conference.

David, however, could not slingshot one Goliath to the ground. Actually, Washington barely put a mark on the San Antonio Spurs in two head-to-head matchups versus the eventual NBA finalist.

November 26, 2012, Washington: Though all kinds of scrappy entering the first matchup, the Nene-less Wizards had no hope of ending their season-opening 11-game winning streak. Outscored in every quarter and sunk by San Antonio shooting 13 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc, Washington lost 118-92. Jordan Crawford scored 19, Kevin Seraphin and the Wizards committed just 10 turnovers. They also allowed the Spurs to shoot 56 percent from the field. The Wizards' most lopsided loss on the young season came after dropping the previous two games by a combined three points. What followed? Washington's first win came less than 48 hours later versus Portland.

February 2, 2013, San Antonio: While the Spurs slow-walked their way to victory lane in the first matchup, they crushed Washington from the start in the rematch. The 96-86 final doesn't scream massive beat down. Trailing by 25 points at halftime after scoring only nine points in the second quarter does. Washington closed the gap as John Wall finished with 22 points and nine assists, but not nearly enough to offset double-doubles from Tony Parker (19 points, 12 assists) and Kawhi Leonard (10 points, 11 rebounds)...or shooting 6 of 22 on 3-point tries...or missing nine of 17 free throw attempts. You get the point. What followed? A four-game winning streak including three at home over the Clippers, Knicks and Nets

If the Wizards are to walk away from their three-game road trip with one win, they will have to triumph Wednesday in San Antonio for the first time since 1998. Even though Washington is currently knocking down those corner 3's at a high rate and Wall gets another shot at one of the league's elite point guards in Parker, clearly history is not on the local's side. Yet if the past is prologue, chalk up a win Saturday at home against Cleveland. When it comes to trends against the Spurs, take what you can get.

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