Aussies in NBA: Mills does the damage against Toronto

Patty Mills has backed up his performance against Brooklyn, with an 18-point effort against Toronto.

The Spurs took home a tight 108-106 (boxscore) victory at the Air Canada Centre. The win is San Antonio's 3rd on the road in 4 days.

Coach Gregg Popovich was again without a string of stars, however LaMarcus Aldridge (21pts) and Patty Mills did the job for their side.

The Aussie finished the game with 18 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals. He also shot the ball at a respectable 53.3% from the field.

Mills had the ball on a string from the outset, finishing around the rim in style on multiple occasions. However, it wasn't just the offensive end that he showed his skills.

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A roller coaster 2nd and 3rd quarter meant that the game was tied heading into the final period. Mills again came up big when his team needed it, dropping 5 points in the last 6 minutes.

The Spurs would go on to close the game out in the clutch. Toronto's Norman Powell had the chance to win the game on the buzzer but couldn't get the shot to drop.

Post game Mills commented on going into games without the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker.

"The mindset, surprisingly, doesn't change. Although those guys are out there is still the same plays, the things that are expected of us are still the same, and we have just got to go out there and step on the floor." he said.

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Mills continues to stamp himself as a leader of what is the youngest San Antonio team in recent memory. With the struggles of Tony Parker this season, it is likely Coach Popovich will continue to lean on the Aussie.

Full highlights

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