Wizards take a pounding from the Spurs, 98-67

The Baltimore Sun

Roger Mason had 25 points and five assists against his old team as the San Antonio Spurs concluded their 19-day road trip with a 98-67 win over the Washington Wizards (13-43) at Verizon Center last night.

Mason returned to his hometown and went 9-for-15 from the field, including 5-for-9 from three-point range, and had 10 points and two steals in a 19-4 run that capped the third quarter and gave the Spurs (37-17) a 78-57 lead.

He was done for the night after that, as San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich rested his starters.

Michael Finley added 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who made eight of their first 11 shots to take a 19-9 lead and were never seriously threatened by the worst team in the Eastern Conference. They finished 5-3 in a stretch in which they have played only on the road so far in February, capping 10,761 miles of travel over 19 days while their home court was occupied by the annual San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

Heat 97, 76ers 91: : Dwyane Wade had 25 points and nine assists, including a big layup with one minute left, and host Miami (29-25) moved a step away from its closest pursuers in the Eastern Conference playoff race by beating Philadelphia (27-27).

Jazz 102, Hornets 88:: Deron Williams had 20 points and 13 assists as host Utah (33-23) honored the memory of late owner Larry H. Miller with a win over New Orleans (32-22).

Mavericks 116, Kings 95: : Brandon Bass scored 16 of his season-high 20 points in the second quarter and host Dallas' reserves contributed 54 points to lift the Mavericks (33-22) past Sacramento (12-45).

Off the court

Celtics:: The team said forward Kevin Garnett will miss two to three weeks because of a strained muscle behind his knee.

Garnett returned Friday to Boston after injuring the knee on the team's West Coast trip. Team spokesman Jeff Twiss said yesterday that team doctor Brian McKeon diagnosed the muscle strain after tests and a magnetic resonance imaging.

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