- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 14, 2007

SAN ANTONIO — Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan lost his temper last night, but it still wasn’t enough to ignite the Wizards, who fell to the San Antonio Spurs 93-80 at AT&T; Center.

Jordan was ejected in the third quarter. But the Wizards, who never led in the game, couldn’t overcome a poor shooting start, which translated into a large, early Spurs lead.

“I kind of lost my composure and I don’t really want to talk about it,” said Jordan, who thought Gilbert Arenas (17 points on 6-for-20 shooting) was fouled on a play that the referees ignored. “But the important thing is that we’ve got to catch ourselves. We’ve been on slides before and they can turn into one, two and three games. We talked about that when we were winning. I think we’ll be ready for our next game.”

After winning 16 of 21 games the Wizards (20-16) have now dropped two straight for the first time since a four-game losing streak dropped their record to 4-9 on Nov. 25.

Things won’t get much easier for the Wizards, who play host to the Utah Jazz tomorrow.

The Spurs made the Wizards look awful offensively.

The Wizards matched their season low for scoring (Memphis and Dallas both held them to 80 points in November) and registered a season low 31 percent field goal percentage.

Arenas, Caron Butler (10 points) and Antawn Jamison (11) didn’t have their typically effective offensive showings, combining for just 38 points as the Spurs extended their home winning streak over the Wizards to seven games.

“We got good looks,” Butler said. “We were getting into the paint and just missing shots that we usually make. But give them credit. They are a championship-caliber team with great chemistry. They do what they do and they do it well. Of course, there were a lot of calls that we didn’t get and that’s why Coach got frustrated and got thrown out.”

Jordan’s first ejection of the season came with 5:21 left in the third quarter and during a 19-2 Spurs run.

The coach tore after referee Greg Willard and had to be restrained by players and assistants after he believed Willard missed an obvious foul of Arenas by San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili.

“I got fouled at least three times,” Arenas said of the play. “That’s the same reaction that they would have gotten if Tim Duncan got fouled like that and it wasn’t called.”

Ginobili led the Spurs with 19 points. Duncan added 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Meanwhile, the 31 percent they limited the Wizards to was the lowest shooting percentage of any team they’ve faced this season.

And it started early.

The only thing icier than the Wizards poor-shooting first quarter was the ice storm they endured in Oklahoma City the night before.

That same storm prevented the Hornets, who posted a 104-97 victor over the Wizards the night before, from traveling to Milwaukee for a game that had to be postponed.

The Wizards arrived in San Antonio late, didn’t get to their hotel until around 3 a.m. and looked lethargic to start the game.

They didn’t help themselves with a 5-for-23 shooting performance in the first quarter and entered the second quarter down 29-15.

But the Spurs have been known to go comatose at the offensive end as well this year, and the second quarter was a prime example of that. San Antonio connected on just seven of 20 field goals in the second quarter.

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