Wizards end lengthy losing skid to Spurs

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Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall had 25 points and eight assists as the Washington Wizards ended a historic losing streak to San Antonio, holding off the Spurs for a 101-93 win.

Kevin Seraphin scored 11 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Wizards, who beat San Antonio for the first time since Feb. 9, 2005. Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce added 13 points apiece, and Marcin Gortat pulled down 11 rebounds.

"He's getting more and more comfortable of understanding what we want out of him," Wall said of Seraphin.

The Spurs had won the previous 17 meetings.

San Antonio got between five and 14 points from 10 players in a balanced scoring effort. Tony Parker led the bunch with 14 points, and Tim Duncan had 11 points and 12 boards for his first double-double since December.

The game was up for grabs early in the fourth, Seraphin's layup at 5:44, which put the Wizards in front for good, was the 10th lead change of the period.

Andre Miller followed Seraphin's basket with a reverse layup, and Seraphin's block on Jeff Ayres led to Kris Humphries scoring at the other end.

Washington led 92-87 at that point. Tiago Splitter's hook shot made it a one- possession game, but Beal scored the next three points and Nene and Seraphin put the game away with layups 30 seconds apart around the 1:00 mark.

"You have to give a lot of credit to Washington," said Parker. "They played good defense, they made the stops that they needed at the end."

Wall got off to a hot start, netting 12 points on five shots in the first quarter. The Wizards hit 5-of-6 from distance and led 31-24.

They led until Boris Diaw's hook shot early in the fourth quarter gave the Spurs a 76-75 advantage.

Game Notes

The Wizards won the rebounding margin, 48-34 ... San Antonio had just nine turnovers ... The Spurs had their two-game win streak snapped. The defending champs haven't won three straight since an eight-game streak from Nov. 17-Dec. 1.