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Spurs look to continue winning ways at home versus Wizards

San Antonio has beaten Washington 14 straight times at home

San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) and forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) and forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO – The Washington Wizards have yet to win in San Antonio this century and attempt to break a 14-game road skid against the Spurs when the teams square off on Wednesday.

Washington's last victory in San Antonio came on Dec. 11, 1999, when Spurs center Tim Duncan - now 39 years old - was in his third NBA season.

San Antonio has been superb at home this season with a 13-0 mark that includes Monday's 118-81 annihilation of the Utah Jazz. The Spurs have won their past three overall games by an average of 28 points, and their 21-5 record represents the second-best start in franchise history.

The Wizards are 1-2 entering the finale of a four-game road trip and lost 112-95 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

"Until we get a commitment to defend, we're going to be on this roller-coaster," Washington coach Randy Wittman said afterward. "Right now, our mindset is to outscore people. Our team isn't made that way."

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ABOUT THE WIZARDS (10-13): Point guard John Wall has carried Washington in December but struggled through a horrific 2-of-11 shooting performance against Memphis while scoring a season-worst six points. Wall averaged 27.3 points and 10.9 assists through the first eight games of the month but Wittman was less than thrilled with his shot selection against the Grizzlies as he attempted seven 3-pointers.

"Anytime John Wall takes 11 shots and seven of them are 3s, that's not who he is," Wittman said. "He's been playing at a pretty high level coming into (Monday), and that ratio is not very good for us."

ABOUT THE SPURS (21-5): The recent blowouts have allowed the players to get plenty of rest, and small forward Kawhi Leonard (22 points) played a team-high 25 minutes in the rout of the Jazz. Point guard Tony Parker had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting over 21 minutes and has played 30 minutes just once in December.

"I'll take blowouts, especially early in the season," Parker said after the Utah contest. "The starters, we can rest. It's always great because it adds up. All the rest that we're getting right now will help come playoff time."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Wizards recorded a 102-99 home win over the Spurs on Nov. 4, when SG Bradley Beal drained a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left.

2. Beal will miss his fourth straight game due to a stress reaction in his lower right leg and PF Nene (calf) will sit out for the 11th consecutive contest.

3. San Antonio PF LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging 18.4 points and shooting 55.9 percent from the field over the past seven games.

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