SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Derrick White had 24 points, Dejounte Murray had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Washington Wizards 116-99 to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Murray also had eight assists for San Antonio, which saw six players score in double digits and last won back-to-back games (three in a row) in late April. Jakob Poeltl had 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, becoming the first player in the 2016 NBA Draft with 2,000 career rebounds and 400 career blocks.
Washington ended a two-game winning streak as they closed a four-game road trip at 2-2. Bradley Beal had 18 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 17 and Spencer Dinwiddie had 16 for the Wizards. Daniel Gafford added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Neither team gained more than a 10-point lead throughout the game. San Antonio was just 8 for 18 on 3 points but shot 53%.
Washington entered the game averaging 23.8 assists in their previous 10 games and continued the ball movement on Monday. But the Wizards couldn’t stop the young Spurs squad, especially their long distance duo Murray and White, who combined to shoot 18 for 40 and had 13 assists.
Wizards: Washington is 6-6 on the road. … Montrezl Harrell had six points, five rebounds and six assists. He’s averaged 15.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in his previous 10 games. … After averaging 30 points in consecutive seasons, Beal is averaging 23.2 points per game. He’s only scored 30 points three times this season, but the Wizards were 6-15 at this point last season.
Spurs: Murray entered the game averaging 18.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 8.1 assists – all career highs – and has a double-double in five of his last six games. … Josh Primo, who turns 19 on December 24, hit 3s in a row in the second quarter. Only Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady and LeBron James scored multiple 3 points in a game at a younger age. Primo finished with six points. … Devin Vassell missed his second straight game after sustaining a right thigh contusion against Atlanta on November 24. … Doug McDermott missed his fourth straight game with an inflamed right knee.
Wizards: In Toronto on Sunday.
Spurs: In Portland on Thursday.
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