The Spurs did what they needed to do against a Wizards team coming off a two-week hiatus and missing half its roster on Sunday, and nothing more. They got a 121-101 blowout win that didn’t offer a lot of insight about the Silver and Black’s current level but allows them to get on the good side of .500 once again.
There was nothing fair about this matchup going into it, but the Spurs made sure to keep it interesting anyway. San Antonio has showed a propensity to play to their opponent’s level for most of the season, and did so against a Wizards team that was rusty, shorthanded and often out of control. The starters set the tone in a bad way early by failing to execute on offense and playing with little effort on defense, which resulted in exactly the type of chaotic atmosphere that Washington needed to thrive. Wild drives, questionable rebounding and crossmatches that resulted from a frantic pace were all common and allowed the visitors to carve up a double digit lead.