Wizards now losing by the dozen after falling to Spurs

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Trevor Booker, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza and the Wizards extended the worst start in franchise history, falling to 0-12 with a loss to the Spurs on Monday night.
Alex Brandon/AP Trevor Booker, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza and the Wizards extended the worst start in franchise history, falling to 0-12 with a loss to the Spurs on Monday night.
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The Wizards had a chance to hit the last shot of the first half. But they couldn't get the ball inbounds within five seconds. When San Antonio in turn got the ball in front of Washington's bench, Randy Witt?man started heading to the locker room before the play was over and the buzzer had sounded.

Even the Wizards coach could barely stand to watch. But team owner Ted Leonsis and Nationals owner Mark Lerner both were courtside, part of a half-full Verizon Center that witnessed Leonsis' team lose in demoralizing fashion to the Spurs 118-92 and fall to 0-12.

It was the worst defeat of the Wizards' franchise-worst start. Washington gave up season highs in points, assists (32) and opposing shooting percentage (.563) in their 13th straight loss to San Antonio (12-3).

"I don't know what to say about their performance," forward Martell Webster (16 points) said. "I think it comes down to us. We're all embarrassed, plain and simple."

Seven Spurs scored in double figures, led by Boris Diaw (16 points), Tiago Splitter (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Tony Parker (15 points).

All but four of Jordan Crawford's team-high 19 points came during a second half in which Washington was never closer than 10 points. Kevin Seraphin added 18 points and seven rebounds.

While a sore Nene sat out after playing unexpected minutes in the Wizards' double overtime loss to Charlotte on Saturday, Wittman went with his fourth different lineup of the season. Seraphin and Emeka Okafor, having played together for the first time against the Bobcats, were paired in the frontcourt, while Trevor Ariza and A.J. Price returned to the lineup with Bradley Beal. Shaun Livingston was dressed but didn't play because of a bruised shoulder.

"It's just coach making adjustments," Beal said. "I'm not sure what he wants to do or who he's going to have in at what moment in time. We just have to always be ready."

Price (11 points) stripped Gary Neal (13 points) and knocked down a fast-break jumper for an early 15-9 lead. Neal countered with a pair of 3-pointers as the Spurs used their inside-out game to find open shots and end the first quarter ahead 29-25.

San Antonio was also coming off a double overtime game Sunday, while the Wizards had a full day of rest. But the Spurs weren't bothered by fatigue as they went 4-for-5 from the arc in the second period. Diaw and Manu Ginobili (12 points) each hit from downtown during a half-ending 10-0 run.

"It kind of took our will away," Wittman said. "Credit to them. They carved us up pretty good tonight."

San Antonio's smart and quick ball movement exposed a defense that had been keeping Washington in games, hitting five straight shots to extend the lead to 72-54. Another 13-1 run pushed San Antonio's lead to 85-62 before the third quarter ended with the significant number of Spurs fans in attendance tired of cheering and Wizards fans just tired with their team down 92-70.

"You can see they're having fun," Beal said. "You see us, and we're down, we're mopey, we're pouting, everything. We're not together as a unit, and things need to change."

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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