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Spurs jump out to 21-2 lead en route to romp

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs figured
out a way to slow down the Washington Wizards' high-scoring
offense.

Devin Brown scored 24 points, Parker added 23 and the Spurs
stifled Washington's top scorers in a 101-73 victory, snapping the
Wizards' seven-game winning streak.

The Spurs, who have the best defense in the NBA, limited the
Wizards to season lows for points and shooting percentage (31.8
percent). Washington had scored 100 or more points in its last 10
games.

Gilbert Arenas, Washington's high scorer at 23.2 points per
game, missed all 12 of his shots from the floor and finished with
three points, while Antawn Jamison (20.3 ppg) scored six points on
2-for-8 shooting.

"I just tried to stay in front of him the whole game and stay
in his face," said Parker, who guarded Arenas.

San Antonio jumped out to a 21-2 lead, and the Wizards were not
able to get any closer than 13 points in their first loss of 2005.

"We lost a tough game in Houston (on Saturday)," said Brown,
who had scored only 13 points in his past five games. "We just had
to bring more juice tonight, more focus. That's what we did."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich praised his team's defense, which
gives up an average of 85.3 points per game, but said Arenas and
Jamison were clearly off their game.

"When you apparently shoot as poorly as those two did, you have
to say it was just a bad night," Popovich said. "It was not just
that our defense held them to that."

But Arenas disagreed, crediting the Spurs' defense for keeping
the Wizards out of their offensive rhythm.

"Their rotation is so great," he said. "They didn't let us do
anything tonight. We couldn't get a good look or an easy look."

The Wizards played without Larry Hughes, sidelined with a broken
right thumb sustained Saturday in a win over Phoenix. San Antonio's
Manu Ginobili missed the game with a thigh bruise.

"We always said that Gilbert and Larry play so well together,"
Washington coach Eddie Jordan said. "I don't know if (Hughes'
absence) affected Gilbert. He didn't shoot the ball well, but I
thought he tried to run the team the right way."

Brent Barry, starting in place of Ginobili, made all five of his
3-point attempts and finished with 17 points. Tim Duncan scored 11
points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Rasho Nesterovic had 12
rebounds and a season-high five blocks.

The Spurs made 12 of 16 3-pointers. Brown, who tied his career
high for points, went 4-for-6 behind the arc.

Jarvis Hayes scored a career-best 27 points for Washington,
including five 3-pointers in seven attempts.

Parker and Nesterovic each made two inside baskets to give San
Antonio an 8-0 lead in the first four minutes.

Brendan Haywood scored the Wizards' first points on a dunk, but
Nesterovic hit a 16-footer to start a 13-0 run for the Spurs. Barry
made a short jumper and San Antonio's first 3-pointer during the
run.

Hayes came in for Washington near the end of the first and made
a layup and two 3-pointers to cut the difference to 30-15.

The Wizards played even with San Antonio through most of the
second period before two baskets by Bruce Bowen and a short runner
by Parker extended the Spurs' lead to 55-34 at the break.

Arenas and Jamison together shot 0-for-11 in the half, while
Duncan made only one basket in four attempts for San Antonio.

Game notes
San Antonio is 20-1 at home, the only loss coming to Seattle
in early December. ... The Wizards have allowed 100 points or more
in 13 of the last 16 games. ... Washington (8-6) is one of only
four Eastern Conference teams with winning records against the
Western Conference.