Wizards fall to Spurs 121-101 in return from COVID-19 layoff

Washington Wizards' Russell Westbrook, center, fights to keep possession as he is defended by San Antonio Spurs' Keldon Johnson (3) and Dejounte Murray during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Patty Mills scored 21 points, Lonnie Walker IV added 16 and the San Antonio Spurs used their depth to beat Washington 121-101 in the Wizards’ first game in two weeks. The Wizards had their previous six games postponed because they did not have enough eligible players due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Washington was playing for the first time since Jan. 11, when it beat the visiting Phoenix Suns 128-107. LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points and Devin Vassell had 14 for San Antonio. The Wizards still had six players ineligible, and Washington faded down the stretch as coach Scott Brooks primarily used an eight-man rotation. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 31 points.