Originally written February 02, 2013 on Project Spurs:
The San Antonio Spurs (38-11) cruised to a 96-86 win over the Washington Wizards (11-34) en route to their 18th win at home, however, lost Tim Duncan to injury. Duncan suffered a right ankle sprain and left knee sprain in the first half and did not return to the court. No word yet on how long Duncan will be sidelined as the team is about to embark on their annual Rodeo Road Trip this Wednesday. Yet despite losing their All-Star, the Spurs maintained composure for the win. San Antonio held Washington to nine points in the second quarter and 26 points for a half both opponent season lows. For a first-half recap, click HERE, but here is how the second half went down with some notes and quotes: Third Quarter: Spurs' Stat Leader: Parker with 14 points and 9 assists. Recap: The Spurs maintained their lead despite the Wizards eating into the Spurs' once 27-point lead.  The Spurs shot 47.5%, had 34 rebounds and were 4-15 from 3 pt line. Spurs also had 30 points in the paint. Score: Spurs 68, Wizards 56. Fourth Quarter: Spurs' Stat Leader: Parker with 19 points, and 12 assists. Recap: After a shaky third quarter which saw the Wizards score 30 points to the Spurs' 17, San Antonio kept Washington at bay as the Wizards kept chipping away at the lead. The Spurs did lose focus but Parker and Tiago Splitter kept the team in the game. Final Score: Spurs 96, Wizards 86. Notes: Kawhi Leonard finished with a career high of 11 rebounds. Parker finished the game with a double-double of 19 points and 12 assists. The Spurs' biggest lead was 27 points. Spurs outrebounded the Wizards 44-38. The Spurs shot 48.7% from the field, 25% from the three-point line, and 93.8% from the free-throw line. The Spurs will kick off their extended road trip versus Minnesota Wednesday in Minnesota. Quotes: Spurs' Gregg Popovich: "We played a very good first half. We had really fine defense and moved the ball well. In the second half, we lost our focus and the defense dissipated and that let them (Wizards) back in the game." Spurs' Gregg Popovich "Once again, Tony (Parker) and Tiago (Splitter) were great. They were steady the entire game."
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