WASHINGTON (AP) — After he reached his season-high 40th minute, after he scored his season-high 31st point, Tim Duncan fouled out in the second overtime, joining Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard in a talent-laden quartet not available for the final 4:13 of San Antonio's exhausting game at Washington.
The leftovers who finished the job did Gregg Popovich mighty proud, not an easy accomplishment for a coach who has just about seen it all.
Patty Mills scored 11 of his season-high 23 points in the two overtimes Wednesday night, helping the Spurs beat the Washington Wizards 125-118 for an NBA-high 16th time in a row, going deep into the well to maintain a streak that's more than eight years old.
"That's one of the finest wins I've ever been associated with, and I'm saying that truthfully," said Popovich, who has led the Spurs to four NBA titles. "For these guys, I couldn't be prouder of what they did. With Kawhi and Manu and Tony not out there, I thought the bench guys really stepped up."
Duncan also had 11 rebounds, and Danny Green added 22 points, but Parker left at halftime with tightness in his lower back and did not return. The Spurs, 2-0 in the early days of their nine-game rodeo road trip, already were without Ginobili (tight left hamstring) and Leonard (broken left hand).
Popovich said Parker won't play Thursday against Brooklyn. Asked if Duncan will be available, the coach joked that he's expecting 48 minutes from the 37-year-old forward.
"I am absolutely up for that," Duncan deadpanned. "Sounds like fun."
Washington hasn't beaten San Antonio since a 110-95 win on Nov. 12, 2005. The Spurs' win moved them ahead of Miami's 15-game domination of Charlotte for the longest current team-vs.-team streak in the league.
"We really thought that we were gonna break the history today and finally beat them after nine years," Wizards center Marcin Gortat said. "But I guess we got to wait another six months."
John Wall scored 29 points, and Bradley Beal had 19 for the Wizards, who were trying to shatter their second longstanding barrier in a week. On Monday, they beat the Portland Trail Blazers to move above .500 for the first time since 2009.
Beal was evaluated for a concussion during the game but was allowed to return. However, he didn't play in either overtime because of an ongoing minutes restriction stemming from a left leg injury.
The Spurs trailed by as many as 17 in the first half, and Popovich told his team he was going to pull the plug on the starters if there wasn't a quick rally in the third quarter. Duncan obliged by scoring 14 of his team's first 21 points after the break.