Aldridge scores 24 points, leads Spurs past Wizards 129-112


By RICH DUBROFF Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, Rudy Gay added 18 and the San Antonio Spurs beat Washington Wizards 129-112 Friday night.

Bryn Forbes and Patty Mills each scored 17 for the Spurs, who had lost five of eight. DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points.

Bradley Beal scored 25 points and Thomas Bryant had 19 for Washington, which has lost eight of its last 10.

The Spurs had eight players score in double figures and shot 66.7% in the first half for a 77-58 lead. San Antonio scored 12 straight points midway through the second quarter for a 62-45 lead and never looked back.

San Antonio shot 56% overall and led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs entered the game a half-game behind Oklahoma City in the race for the seventh spot in the Western Conference. The Spurs have two games remaining in the regular season.


Spurs: The 77 points in the first half was the most in a half since Nov. 7, 1990, when they scored 78 against Denver. . F/C Donatas Motiejunas, who signed on Thursday, had spent the last two seasons in China. He has played five seasons in the NBA, and was most recently with New Orleans in 2016-17. He scored two points in four minutes. . G Marco Belinelli, was out with left hip soreness.

Wizards: F Jabari Parker missed the game with a sprained left knee. . F Trevor Ariza, who has a strained left groin, is not with the team for personal reasons, coach Scott Brooks said. . F Jeff Green, who hadn’t played in the last four games because Brooks wanted to see other players, scored 14 points in 22 minutes.


Spurs: At Cleveland on Sunday

Wizards: At New York Knicks on Sunday.