Aussies in NBA: Mills snaps out of funk to torch Nuggets
Patty Mills broke out of his recent shooting funk against the Denver Nuggets, lighting it up in the first half to help the San Antonio Spurs to a 109 – 98 victory.
Mills came into the game shooting a freezing cold 33% from the field and 21% from 3-point over his past 4 games.
Despite his recent shooting woes, Mills came off the bench firing shots, seemingly deciding to fix his shooting woes with more shooting, just like a good bench gunner should.
And there is nothing more helpful in getting out of a shooting slump than a good open look on your fist shot and knocking it down.
From there it was on, with Mills looking to score at every opportunity.
When your shooting is hot, why settle for 2's when you can just as easily drain the 3.
His sizzling first half shooting produced 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, going a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and helping the Spurs to their highest scoring half of the season, with 65.
Yet, no matter how well you're playing in the NBA, there is always someone looking to embarrass you. On this occasion Will Barton poking the ball away and finishing with a rock-the-cradle reverse dunk, as Mills trips over his own feet.
Mills cooled off in the second half, but he had already inflicted a heavy blow on the Nuggets which they never overcame.
He finished the game with a season highs in points, rebounds and blocks, recording 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting (3-of-6 from 3-point), 6 rebounds and his first block of the season.
So far this season Mills is averaging 8.5 points and 2.6 assists, while shooting 45.8% from the field and 41.5% on 3-pointers.