Minus Tony Parker (rest), Tim Duncan (rest), Kawhi Leonard (injury), and Aron Baynes (injury) in Portland on Wednesday, Patty Mills put on an encore performance with 13 points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs hold off the Trail Blazers, who were missing LaMarcus Aldridge, 111-109.
For the Spurs, they would start their 24th starting lineup of the season, while the Blazers were changing their starting lineup for the first time this season. Mills led San Antonio with 29 points, Marco Belinelli scored 20 points, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green both scored 16 points each, while Tiago Splitter returned from a four-game injury absence with 15 points, and Boris Diaw finished being the Spurs’ sixth player in double figures with 11 points.
Damian Lillard (31 points), Mo Williams (19 points), and Wesley Matthews (18 points) would also keep the Blazers on the Spurs’ heels as San Antonio held on to win the game, by making free throws. For a full recap, visit Spurs.com. Here were some key points in the Spurs’ 40th victory of the season.
Mills thrives once more in fourth