Mills run churns Spurs win

Spurs' Patty Mills takes a shot against Mavericks' Wesley Matthews at American Airlines Centre. Mills' heroics off the bench overshadowed Matthews' performance. The Dallas guard had a season-high 26 points to finish as the game's top scorer.
Spurs' Patty Mills takes a shot against Mavericks' Wesley Matthews at American Airlines Centre. Mills' heroics off the bench overshadowed Matthews' performance. The Dallas guard had a season-high 26 points to finish as the game's top scorer.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Reserve guard's eight-point streak in the fourth quarter turns game against Mavericks around

DALLAS (Texas) • Guard Patty Mills came off the bench to score 23 points for the short-handed San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday in a 94-87 National Basketball Association (NBA) win over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Spurs (15-4) rallied to remain perfect on the road this season, improving to 11-0 in away games with their second win over Dallas in the past 10 days.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker on the second night of back-to-back games. Even without their stars, San Antonio came back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit.

Mills scored 15 in the fourth period, including eight points in a row as the Spurs went up 90-84.

"I thought that was the moral of that victory, not giving in no matter what," Mills said.

He hit six of seven shots in the final quarter, nine of 12 for the game. He connected on five of six attempts from three-point range.

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    Patty Mills' clutch performance saw him down six of seven shots in the final quarter. He was nine of 12 (75 per cent) from the field in the game.

The Mavericks, a league-worst 3-14, were led by Wesley Matthews' season-high 26 points. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle had injury troubles to contend with. Dirk Nowitzki was out for the 12th time this season, Deron Williams and Devin Harris were limited and Seth Curry left the game late with an undisclosed injury.

"Our guys played extremely hard, and we ran out of players at the end," Carlisle said.

In addition to Mills' strong play late on, the Spurs saw starter Kawhi Leonard score 18 of his 21 points in the second half.

"I just finally started making shots and moving the ball," Leonard said.

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook's fourth straight triple-double spelled a fourth straight NBA victory for the Thunder, a 126-115 overtime triumph over the visiting Washington Wizards.

Westbrook produced 35 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to notch his ninth triple-double of the season and the 46th of his career.

Victor Oladipo added 25 points and Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 14 for the Thunder, who improved to 12-8. Bradley Beal scored 31 points for the Wizards (6-11), whose coach Scott Brooks returned to Oklahoma City for the first time since he was sacked by the Thunder in April after seven seasons at the helm.

Brooks, who received a warm welcome from Thunder fans, looked like nabbing a victory against his former team when Beal's three-pointer with 5min 25sec left in regulation put the Wizards up 97-90.

But the Thunder rallied to force overtime, Westbrook's three-pointer with 8.5 seconds left in regulation tying the score at 105-105.

Westbrook scored 14 points in the extra period as the Thunder pulled away.

"I thought we did a good job until overtime on Westbrook," Brooks said. "He's hard to stop. He's a terrific basketball player playing at a high level."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2016, with the headline 'Mills run churns Spurs win'. Print Edition | Subscribe