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.
MAGIC 149, HAWKS 113
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) —Orlando used a franchise-record 81 points in the first half to cruise past Atlanta in its regular-season home finale and take another step toward a playoff berth.
Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier scored 25 points each for Orlando, which set a season high for points despite having 19 turnovers. Vucevic added 10 rebounds to compile his 59th double-double of the season. Ross made six 3-pointers, and Fournier shot 11 for 14.
The Magic’s 20th win in 29 games left them at 40-40. With road games remaining at Boston and Charlotte, they are attempting to make the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Orlando entered the night in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Trae Young led the Hawks with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
HORNETS 113, RAPTORS 111
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 29 points, and Jeremy Lamb made another clutch 3-ponter as Charlotte beat Toronto.
Lamb’s winning shot came less than two weeks after he hit an improbable half-court buzzer-beater to shock the Raptors in Toronto. Lamb finished with 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets (37-42), who kept their slim postseason hopes alive and surpassed their win total of the previous two seasons.
Kawhi Leonard had 29 points for Toronto, but missed a fall-away jumper with 1 second left.