- Associated Press - Sunday, December 26, 2010

SAN ANTONIO | Tony Parker had 20 points, 14 assists and six assists and the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the short-handed Washington Wizards 94-80 on Sunday night.

The Spurs improved to 24-6, rebounding from a 123-101 loss to Orlando on Thursday night that snapped their winning streak at 11. The league leaders in 3-point percentage, San Antonio shot 10 of 24 from long range.

Manu Ginobili had 21 points and George Hill added 11. Hill returned to the lineup after missing four games because of a sprained right toe.

Rashard Lewis, acquired last week from Orlando, had 21 points for Washington, playing without suspended forwards Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. They were suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Washington Post said Blatche and McGee were involved in an altercation outside an area club early Friday. The newspaper reported that two league sources said the players cursed at each other and exchanged punches. The Post said another source said police were called to break up the fight.

“All of the players knew, when we started the season, we had a zero tolerance for off-the-court incidents,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. “Unfortunately, those two got in a situation. That’s why they’re suspended.”

The Wizards cut it to 60-56 on Kurt Hinrich’s running layup midway through the third quarter.

But San Antonio pulled ahead with a 21-9 run that ended when Hill hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds left in the quarter to make it 81-65.

The Wizards dropped to 0-14 on the road and are last in the Eastern Conference at 7-21. They are 1-9 in their last 10.

Without their leading scorer in Blatche, Washington welcomed the return of rookie point guard John Wall, who sat out five games because of a bruised right knee. He had four points in 19 minutes.

Hinrich added 15 points.

The Spurs will face the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, and the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

NOTES: The Oklahoma State and Arizona football teams were in stands. They will play Wednesday night in the Alamo Bowl … Washington hasn’t won in San Antonio since Dec. 11, 1999.




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