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Aldridge leads Spurs past Wizards 132-119

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Gregg Popovich values every possession, so an uncontested dunk by the Washington Wizards on the opening play did not sit well.

The Spurs coach quickly rose to call a timeout 16 seconds into the game to forcefully reinforce that communication is critical to defense.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Spurs regrouped to beat the Wizards 132-119 on Sunday night to snap a two-game skid at home.

''We played the last two home games poorly and he wasn't going to let us slide with those small mistakes,'' forward Davis Bertans said of the early timeout.

The Spurs were without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, but had seven players in double figures. Bertans had a season-high 21 points after missing the previous two games due to personal reasons. Backcourt starters Derrick White and Bryn Forbes added 16 points each.

Washington, which had won five of seven, lost its 19th straight in San Antonio. Tomas Satoransky had a season-high 21 points, which were matched by Bradley Beal.

It was the fifth time the Spurs have scored 130-plus points this season, but it was their early defense that drew Popovich's ire after the Wizards' Thomas Bryant had an uncontested dunk shortly after Washington won the opening tip.

''It all starts with the first play,'' Forbes said. ''That kind of sets the tone for us. I think that's what he's trying to do, set that tone and show how serious he was about the first play and the beginning of games. We just made a dumb mistake to start the game off.''

The Spurs would hold the Wizards to 2-for-9 shooting while going on runs of 11-2 and 15-2 in the first quarter and extending their lead to 13 points. But their defense was still absent in the first half.

Washington rallied after each run with crisp ball movement and its final lead came at 69-67 with 1:25 remaining in the first half.

''It was pretty much whoever was going to defend first was going to win and it came out that they defended,'' Beal said.

A few timeouts and a few choice words by Popovich helped the Spurs turn things around in the second half.

''He didn't even cuss that much, that's a surprise,'' Bertans said. ''He was just kind of talking to us, explaining the situation and asking, `What the hell is going on?' Just asking us to communicate.''

The Spurs held the Wizards to 17 points on 7-for-24 shooting in the third quarter in regaining a double-digit lead.

San Antonio's bench also outscored Washington's 54-27 led by Bertans.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Latvia leads the league in 3-point shooting at 49 percent and continued that hot shooting against the Wizards. Bertans was 5 for 8 on 3-pointers and 8 for 11 overall.

''We had trouble keeping up with Bertans, he was all over the floor,'' Washington coach Scott Brooks said. ''We couldn't catch him on his 3s, he kept going by us on his dribbles. He got everything that he wanted.''

TIP-INS

Wizards: Washington has not won in San Antonio this century, last defeating the Spurs on the road Dec. 11, 1999. Mitch Richmond scored 31 points in leading the Wizards to a 99-89 victory. ... Forward Sam Dekker missed the game with back spasms. ... Center Ian Mahinmi sat out with a sprained right thumb. ... Satoransky's previous high was 20 points, which he scored twice with the most recent Jan. 24 against Golden State.

Spurs: DeRozan missed his second straight game and third in two weeks with a left leg injury. DeRozan first sat out with a sore left ankle against Minnesota on Jan. 18 and missed the past two games with a sore left knee. San Antonio is 2-0 without the 10-year veteran. ... Pau Gasol made his sixth start of the season, giving him 1,150 career starts to move past Ray Allen for 19th in league history. ... Bertans has eight career games with at least five 3-pointers.

STILL OUT

Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray appears to be making significant progress in his rehabilitation from right ACL surgery, but will still not return this season.

''Zero,'' Popovich said of the chances of possible return. ''It's an ACL. Unless there's some new deal out there that someone came up with that we don't know about.''

Murray was injured Oct. 7 while driving to the basket in a preseason game against Houston and underwent surgery Oct. 19. The Spurs said at the time that the third-year guard would miss the entire season and have not altered that prognosis since.

Murray tweeted a video Saturday showing his progress in a recent workout. With no sleeve or brace on his right knee, the 6-foot-5 guard shoots a jumper and then makes a series of quick crossovers before tossing up a runner.

''God is great, back perfecting my craft,'' Murray wrote. ''Fall down and get back up always!''

EXCLUSIVE CLUB

Patty Mills became the 13th player in franchise history to play 500 games with the Spurs.

''When I first heard it, I was like, `That's it,' " Mills said. ''It felt like it was a lot more. I don't know if it was the amount of times we get yelled at.''

Of the dozen other players, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Sean Elliott, Avery Johnson, Bruce Bowen and Johnny Moore all had their numbers retired. Manu Ginobili will become the eighth member of the 500-game club to have his jersey retired during a ceremony March 28 and Tony Parker will become the ninth once he retires.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Spurs: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 SG
L. Aldridge
12 PF
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
20.8 Pts. Per Game 20.8
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
46.6 Field Goal % 51.3
46.6 Three Point % 51.1
78.5 Free Throw % 84.5
+ 2 Thomas Bryant made hook shot 0:13
  Defensive rebound by Thomas Bryant 0:23
  Chimezie Metu missed finger-roll layup 0:25
  Defensive rebound by Jakob Poeltl 0:30
  Jordan McRae missed floating jump shot, blocked by Jakob Poeltl 0:33
+ 1 Chimezie Metu made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:41
  SA team rebound 0:41
  Chimezie Metu missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:41
  Shooting foul on Thomas Bryant 0:41
  Defensive rebound by Dante Cunningham 0:55
  Troy Brown Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:57
Team Stats
Points 119 132
Field Goals 40-89 (44.9%) 49-86 (57.0%)
3-Pointers 18-46 (39.1%) 16-34 (47.1%)
Free Throws 21-29 (72.4%) 18-21 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 41 56
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 24 42
Team 9 7
Assists 32 31
Steals 11 6
Blocks 0 4
Turnovers 9 15
Fouls 18 20
Technicals 1 0
21 PTS, 9 REB, 8 AST
30 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Wizards 21-28 26431733119
home team logo Spurs 29-22 36342933132
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 21-28 114.4 PPG 41.9 RPG 26.5 APG
home team logo Spurs 29-22 111.8 PPG 44.5 RPG 24.4 APG
Key Players
T. Satoransky SG 8.6 PPG 3.4 RPG 4.8 APG 49.1 FG%
L. Aldridge PF 21.1 PPG 9.0 RPG 2.4 APG 51.6 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Satoransky SG 21 PTS 9 REB 8 AST
L. Aldridge PF 30 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
44.9 FG% 57.0
39.1 3PT FG% 47.1
72.4 FT% 85.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 21 4 7 8/20 3/8 2/3 3 39 4 0 3 2 2 -29 40
T. Satoransky 21 9 8 8/13 2/4 3/4 1 36 1 0 1 3 6 +1 46
T. Ariza 20 4 2 6/17 4/12 4/6 1 41 2 0 0 1 3 -13 30
J. Green 15 1 3 5/10 3/7 2/2 5 30 0 0 1 0 1 -6 21
T. Bryant 15 10 2 5/7 1/2 4/6 2 30 0 0 1 1 9 -16 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Beal 21 4 7 8/20 3/8 2/3 3 39 4 0 3 2 2 -29 40
T. Satoransky 21 9 8 8/13 2/4 3/4 1 36 1 0 1 3 6 +1 46
T. Ariza 20 4 2 6/17 4/12 4/6 1 41 2 0 0 1 3 -13 30
J. Green 15 1 3 5/10 3/7 2/2 5 30 0 0 1 0 1 -6 21
T. Bryant 15 10 2 5/7 1/2 4/6 2 30 0 0 1 1 9 -16 28
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
O. Porter Jr. 13 1 4 5/13 3/8 0/0 3 28 3 0 2 1 0 -14 23
C. Randle 11 1 5 2/4 2/4 5/6 2 14 1 0 1 0 1 +2 22
T. Brown Jr. 3 2 1 1/3 0/1 1/2 1 13 0 0 0 0 2 +8 7
J. McRae 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wall - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dekker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Mahinmi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 119 32 32 40/89 18/46 21/29 18 235 11 0 9 8 24 -65 217
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Aldridge 30 9 6 12/21 0/2 6/6 3 32 1 2 2 3 6 +7 52
B. Forbes 16 4 4 6/9 4/7 0/0 3 30 0 0 0 0 4 +16 28
D. White 16 5 4 6/7 0/0 4/4 0 30 1 0 2 0 5 +10 28
R. Gay 11 6 4 5/11 0/3 1/2 2 26 1 0 1 1 5 -2 25
P. Gasol 5 7 0 1/4 1/1 2/2 2 9 0 0 1 2 5 +5 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Aldridge 30 9 6 12/21 0/2 6/6 3 32 1 2 2 3 6 +7 52
B. Forbes 16 4 4 6/9 4/7 0/0 3 30 0 0 0 0 4 +16 28
D. White 16 5 4 6/7 0/0 4/4 0 30 1 0 2 0 5 +10 28
R. Gay 11 6 4 5/11 0/3 1/2 2 26 1 0 1 1 5 -2 25
P. Gasol 5 7 0 1/4 1/1 2/2 2 9 0 0 1 2 5 +5 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Bertans 21 3 2 8/11 5/8 0/0 3 28 0 0 2 0 3 +20 26
P. Mills 15 1 7 5/9 3/6 2/2 1 21 2 0 4 0 1 +4 28
M. Belinelli 13 5 3 4/7 3/6 2/2 2 24 0 0 1 0 5 +8 23
J. Poeltl 4 5 1 2/3 0/0 0/1 2 15 1 1 1 1 4 +6 12
C. Metu 1 1 0 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 3 0 0 1 0 1 -4 1
D. Cunningham 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 0 2 +5 2
Q. Pondexter 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 -4 1
L. Walker IV 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 -6 1
D. DeRozan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Murray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Eubanks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 132 49 31 49/86 16/34 18/21 20 233 6 4 15 7 42 +65 238