Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Saturday, November 12th
Game 2: Saturday, April 1st

Wizards 99

(37-35, 13-22 away)

Spurs 106

(57-16, 31-4 home)

Coverage: KRRT

7:30 PM ET, April 1, 2006

AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 17 16 39 2799
SA 19 21 27 39106

Top Performers

WSH: G. Arenas 31 Pts, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

SA: T. Parker 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast

Spurs hold on to beat Wizards, notch 3rd win in a row

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- All it took was a dunk to get Manu Ginobili going offensively.

Ginobili scored the final 14 points for the Spurs, including going 9-for-9 from the free throw line, as San Antonio beat the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Saturday night.

Ginobili had 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Spurs came back from a 10-point deficit.

Tony Parker added 24 of his 28 points in the second half for the Spurs (57-16), who have won three straight and hold a three-game lead over Southwest Division-rival Dallas for the best record in the Western Conference.

Ginobili started the fourth quarter with a dunk. Before the dunk, he was 2-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-6 from the line for six points.

"I was trying to get it to the rim before, but I just couldn't make a shot," Ginobili said. "In the fourth quarter, I started with the dunk, and the whole game changed for me in those couple of minutes."

The Spurs held a 92-91 lead with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter before Ginobili took over. He scored five straight points for San Antonio to extend the lead to 97-91.

"I thought Ginobili and Parker made great plays down the stretch," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said, "and that's why they were able to get the win."

Washington (37-35), which is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, saw its lead drop to a half-game over Milwaukee. The Bucks beat Indiana.

Gilbert Arenas scored 31 points, Antawn Jamison added 26 and Caron Butler had 21 for the Wizards. Butler missed his first seven shots of the game.

The Wizards went on a 21-6 run over a 3:53 stretch in the third quarter. It eventually led to a 72-62 lead with 56 seconds left in the quarter.

That lead was trimmed to five points at the end of the quarter after Parker scored on a fast-break layup and a free throw. He also had an assist on Brent Barry's slam dunk.

San Antonio got key fourth-quarter 3-pointers from Michael Finley, Barry, Bruce Bowen and Ginobili. Barry's 3-pointer tied the game with 8:21 remaining.

Washington opened the fourth quarter with a 72-67 lead.

The Spurs shot 4-of-5 from 3-point territory in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 40-33 at halftime and shooting only 32 percent from the field (12-for-37), the Wizards were on their way to several season-low performances. Washington's offense woke up in the third quarter as they outscored the Spurs 39-27.

The Wizards held Tim Duncan scoreless in the quarter while Arenas had 11 and Butler eight.

Duncan, who has been suffering from the flu, finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds in 31 minutes.

"He said he wanted to go," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We tried to keep him off the court for long stretches, so we were taking him in and out."

The loss was Washington's first in four games this season against the conference leaders, San Antonio and Detroit.

Game notes

Wizards guard Antonio Daniels, a former Spurs player, went to the locker room with 2:35 remaining in the game after he suffered a cut near his left eye when he was fouled by Duncan. ... The Wizards finished a six-game road trip and return home Tuesday against New York. But they still have six more road games among their 10 games remaining in the regular season. ... San Antonio has nine games remaining with six at home. ... San Antonio blocked 10 shots, which fell short of the season-best 12 against Golden State on Feb. 25.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 99 106
FGM-FGA 37-73 (.507) 35-76 (.461)
3PM-3PA 7-15 (.467) 6-16 (.375)
FTM-FTA 18-29 (.621) 30-41 (.732)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 4-30 15-49
Assists 18 20
Turnovers 14 14
Steals 8 6
Blocks 5 10
Fast Break Points 12 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 26 (3/0)
Largest Lead 10 9

Top Performers

San Antonio
Gilbert Arenas Arenas
Points: 31
Reb: 0
Ast: 8
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Tony Parker Parker
Points: 28
Reb: 6
Ast: 6
Stl: 0
Blk: 0