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Aldridge helps Spurs extend streak, down Wizards 98-90

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs are suddenly playing well - and they can thank their recent poor play for that.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and nine rebounds, and San Antonio won its fifth straight, 98-90 over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night to secure their 21st straight winning season.

Extending the NBA record for consecutive winning seasons was in doubt two weeks ago when the Spurs hit a 3-11 skid.

''I think we lost enough to refocus, as simple as that sounds,'' San Antonio Gregg Popovich said. ''Sure, we talked about (the team's defense). We worked on it in shootarounds when we didn't have practices. They're an intelligent group and they realize if we don't get that back together, we've got nothing, because we slip out offensively.''

San Antonio remained in sixth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind fourth-place Oklahoma City. The Spurs close out a six-game homestand on Friday against Utah, which is 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio in eighth place.

Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. each had 21 points to lead the Wizards, who dropped into sixth in the Eastern Conference.

''We've got to realize what's at stake,'' Beal said. ''If we keep going the way we're going, we're going to end up dropping. We might mess around and be eighth. So, we've got to do whatever it takes to get a win.''

San Antonio can sympathize, as its winning streak follows a three-game skid that briefly dropped the Spurs out of playoff position.

Aldridge has been critical to the turnaround, averaging 29.6 points and 9.2 rebounds during the streak.

''He's doing everything right now,'' San Antonio veteran Tony Parker said. ''He's playing unbelievable. He's playing at a very high level and we need everything, all his points.

Against Washington, Aldridge scored nine points during a 23-9 run that gave San Antonio a 17-point lead with four minutes left in the third quarter.

Without injured All-Star John Wall, the Wizards were unable to answer.

''We just couldn't make any shots in that third quarter and that was the game,'' Washington coach Scott Brooks said. ''I thought we had some pretty good looks and then we were playing from behind.''

The lead would extend to 22 points, allowing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to rest his starters in the final four minutes.

Kyle Anderson added 16 points for San Antonio and Dejounte Murray had 10 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Wizards: Injuries forced Washington to play with a 10-man roster. ... Wall missed his 24th straight game following left knee surgery. The Wizards are hopeful Wall will return later this month. ... Mike Scott and Jodie Meeks both missed the game because of illness.

Spurs: Kawhi Leonard missed his 63rd game this season while battling right quadriceps tendinopathy. ... San Antonio players have missed 165 games total. ... Aldridge is the 27th player in league history with 900-plus blocks and 16,000-plus points in his career. He is the only player to accomplish that feat since he began his career in 2006. ... Murray had 10-plus rebounds for the 11th time this season, extending his own franchise record for point guards.

NO LOOKING BACK

Manu Ginobili said the Spurs should not expect Leonard to return this season.

''He is not coming back,'' Ginobili said following the team's photo day Wednesday morning. ''For me, he's not coming back because it's not helping. We fell for it a week ago, again. I guess you guys made us fall for it. But we have to think that he's not coming back, that we are who we are, and that we've got to fight without him. That shouldn't be changing, at least until he is ready for the jump ball.''

TUNE THEM OUT

Utah has won the first three meetings against San Antonio, giving the Jazz a possible playoff tiebreaker against the Spurs if they end the regular season with the same record.

''They're a good team, but I still feel as though we let a couple of games go,'' Spurs forward Rudy Gay said. ''Obviously, they have any tiebreaker beating us three times, but I think for us we need to just go out there and get that win.''

UP NEXT

Wizards: Host Denver on Friday night.

Spurs: Host Utah on Friday night.

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 SG
L. Aldridge
12 PF
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
22.7 Pts. Per Game 22.7
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
8.4 Reb. Per Game 8.4
46.5 Field Goal % 50.3
46.2 Three Point % 50.1
78.9 Free Throw % 83.7
+ 3 Jason Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tim Frazier 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Jason Smith 0:23
  Rudy Gay missed jump shot 0:26
  Team rebound 0:40
  Jason Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:43
  Defensive rebound by Ian Mahinmi 0:52
  Davis Bertans missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:56
+ 1 Ian Mahinmi made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:17
+ 1 Ian Mahinmi made 1st of 2 free throws 1:17
  Shooting foul on Rudy Gay 1:17
  Personal foul on Brandon Paul 1:31
Team Stats
Points 90 98
Field Goals 35-83 (42.2%) 39-79 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 8-25 (32.0%) 7-23 (30.4%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 48 49
Offensive 9 12
Defensive 26 30
Team 13 7
Assists 27 21
Steals 11 7
Blocks 4 10
Turnovers 12 15
Fouls 16 17
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
27 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Wizards 40-31 1826163090
home team logo Spurs 42-30 1832272198
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 40-31 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo Spurs 42-30 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
K. Oubre SF 11.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.2 APG 40.3 FG%
L. Aldridge PF 23.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 2.0 APG 51.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Oubre SF 21 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
L. Aldridge PF 27 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
42.2 FG% 49.4
32.0 3PT FG% 30.4
75.0 FT% 72.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 31 21 0 1 0 0 2 1 9/13 2/5 1/1 0 0 21 -20
O. Porter 33 12 7 4 2 1 1 0 5/13 2/4 0/0 0 7 29 -20
M. Gortat 19 7 5 1 0 0 3 3 2/3 0/0 3/4 0 5 11 -12
M. Morris 25 5 3 1 1 1 1 0 2/6 0/1 1/2 0 3 11 -18
T. Satoransky 31 0 6 6 1 0 1 2 0/8 0/1 0/0 4 2 18 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 31 21 0 1 0 0 2 1 9/13 2/5 1/1 0 0 21 -20
O. Porter 33 12 7 4 2 1 1 0 5/13 2/4 0/0 0 7 29 -20
M. Gortat 19 7 5 1 0 0 3 3 2/3 0/0 3/4 0 5 11 -12
M. Morris 25 5 3 1 1 1 1 0 2/6 0/1 1/2 0 3 11 -18
T. Satoransky 31 0 6 6 1 0 1 2 0/8 0/1 0/0 4 2 18 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 33 21 6 3 2 2 2 2 9/17 3/6 0/0 2 4 35 0
I. Mahinmi 23 12 3 3 2 0 0 5 4/8 0/1 4/5 2 1 23 +12
R. Sessions 24 7 3 5 2 0 2 1 2/8 0/3 3/4 1 2 20 +8
J. Smith 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 1 4 +11
T. Frazier 13 2 1 3 1 0 0 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 10 +8
J. Meeks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Scott - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 90 35 27 11 4 12 16 35/83 8/25 12/16 9 26 182 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 30 27 9 4 1 2 0 1 12/23 0/2 3/3 3 6 47 +21
K. Anderson 29 16 4 4 0 1 3 3 7/8 1/1 1/2 3 1 26 +24
D. Murray 28 9 10 2 1 0 0 0 4/6 1/1 0/1 4 6 24 +12
D. Green 28 7 4 0 0 3 3 1 3/10 1/6 0/0 1 3 11 +13
P. Mills 31 7 2 3 3 0 1 3 2/9 1/8 2/2 1 1 17 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 30 27 9 4 1 2 0 1 12/23 0/2 3/3 3 6 47 +21
K. Anderson 29 16 4 4 0 1 3 3 7/8 1/1 1/2 3 1 26 +24
D. Murray 28 9 10 2 1 0 0 0 4/6 1/1 0/1 4 6 24 +12
D. Green 28 7 4 0 0 3 3 1 3/10 1/6 0/0 1 3 11 +13
P. Mills 31 7 2 3 3 0 1 3 2/9 1/8 2/2 1 1 17 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Gay 19 10 5 1 0 1 2 1 2/5 1/2 5/6 0 5 16 -10
P. Gasol 15 8 2 1 0 3 3 2 3/4 0/0 2/4 0 2 12 -3
M. Ginobili 17 7 1 2 2 0 0 2 3/7 1/1 0/0 0 1 14 +13
D. Bertans 6 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 1 3 -9
B. Forbes 8 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -12
T. Parker 16 2 3 3 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 11 +3
J. Lauvergne 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -11
B. Paul 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -11
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 98 42 21 7 10 15 17 39/79 7/23 13/18 12 30 184 +40