The Washington Wizards improved to 5-0 Saturday, in a triple overtime 95-94 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Wizards guard Glen Rice, Jr., continued his Summer League MVP candidacy with a game-high 36 points and 11 rebounds in a game which showcased both his finishing skills (8-for-13 from the stripe) as well as his potency from beyond the arc (6-for-10 from three-point).
Washington trailed 10 points at halftime, and Rice had only 9. The third quarter was a different story, however, as he and teammate Otto Porter, Jr., combined for 17 of Washington's 24 points in the period, more than San Antonio as a team. The 24-12 Wizards run leveled out what was once a 17-point second quarter deficit, but the fourth quarter proved to be a battle.
With a minute left and an 81-76 lead, Washington gave up a high difficulty and-1 to San Antonio guard Bryce Cotton. Ahead by only a single point, Rice faltered on a jumper of his own and the Spurs sank a game-tying basket. The Wizards had a chance to close the game in the first, two-minute overtime period, but big Daniel Theis lowered his free agency stock with a last second reach-in foul. Spurs forward Austin Daye sank two at the free throw line and Rice had the ball stripped as he tried to retaliate.
The second overtime ended in similar fashion, this time with Washington poised in the final seconds. Rice made up for a pair of missed free throws as he sank a corner three with 0.3 seconds left in the period, the score 90-all. The third overtime, however, belonged entirely to Porter, who scored all 5 of Washington's points. The game also ended, as is turned out, on Porter's defense (although his defense was really a no-call foul). Porter finished with 27.
Rice's double-double gave him a back-to-back in points and rebounds following Washington's 78-67 Thursday night victory over the Miami Heat (which was Washington's second straight win over Miami). Shabazz Napier did play, but his 5-for-18 hardly helped Miami's cause. Rice has averaged a Summer League best 25.2 points after five games, while Porter is seventh overall, at 19.6 points. They are the most successful duo this Summer League.
Washington will face the Sacramento Kings tonight at 8 p.m. ET (NBATV), the team which dethroned the 4-0 Chicago Bulls. The Wizards will enter Sunday's game as the only undefeated team left in Summer League, although, one should note the Bulls lost access to forward Doug McDermott (foot) in their last outing. The Kings will likely have a much harder time taking out the Wizards (even if they have a 7-5, 360 lbs., giant on their bench).