Nearly two years ago on April 26, 2012, Patty Mills led the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors in a meaningless season finale, in which Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard did not play. That night, Mills finished the night with a career high 34 points, 12 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Fast-forward to Saturday evening in Charlotte, and there was Mills once again leading the Spurs, only this time, this wasn’t a meaningless game in which the Spurs were just choosing to rest players to prepare for the playoffs. This was a game to avoid back-to-back losses and on this night, Duncan and Parker were playing, but even they needed another player to have an impactful night, and Mills was the one to deliver with a season-high 32 points and seven rebounds.
Down by one-point going into the fourth quarter Saturday, Mills began the fourth by shooting a corner 3-pointer and drawing a foul, as he went on to make three free throws to give the Spurs the lead 72-70. The Bobcats would tie the Spurs two more times but Mills, Nando De Colo, and Jeff Ayres would match them and then extend the lead as Mills nailed a 3-pointer with nearly two minutes remaining to give the Spurs a 9-point lead. The Bobcats would get some stops and cut the Spurs’ lead down to four points, but Mills would continue to lead San Antonio by making critical jumpers and making his clutch free throws when the Bobcats were trying desperately to catch San Antonio. When the final buzzer rang, the Spurs stood with a 104-100 victory.no comments