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Wizards Push Spurs to the Limit, Fall Short in Double OT, 125-118

Washington, D.C—

For the Washington Wizards getting above .500 seems to be a lot like a roller coaster, sometimes it’s the climb that’s fun, but eventually you have to climb to get to the top and drop over the peak. Tonight it looked like it was going to be time for that, but again they never made it to the top as they took the Spurs into Double OT, only to fall short , 125-118. Not to mention the Spurs pulled off this victory with most of their bench players.

“That’s one of the finest wins I’ve ever been associated with, and I’m saying that truthfully,” said Popovich, who has led the Spurs to four NBA titles. “For these guys, I couldn’t be prouder of what they did. With Kawhi and Manu and Tony not out there, I thought the bench guys really stepped up.”

Washington hasn’t beaten San Antonio since a 110-95 win on Nov. 12, 2005. The Spurs’ win moved them ahead of Miami’s 15-game domination of Charlotte for the longest current team-vs.-team streak in the league.

You could see that the Wizards became very tired in the final minutes and John Wall just could not make things happen as he did throughout the game. Wall finished with 29 points to lead the way for the Wizards and was a huge part of the game heading into two overtimes tonight.

“John came up with three plays to get us to another overtime,” Wizards forward Trevor Ariza said, “and we laid an egg in the second overtime.”

John Wall had 14 1st-quarter points (6-8 FG) against the Spurs. He was averaging 11.8 PPG in 5 career games against them coming in (lowest PPG vs any opponent)

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