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Aussies in NBA: Patty Mills leads all scorers in Brooklyn win
Patty Mills dropped in a game high 20 points to lead San Antonio to a comprehensive victory over Brooklyn.
The Spurs took home the game comfortably 112-86 (boxscore). They outscored the Nets by 21 points through the 2nd and 3rd quarter, which was more than enough to seal the win.
Mills came off the bench for rookie Dejounte Murray, but that didn't seem to faze him. In his 20 minutes of court time he managed 3 rebounds, and 2 assists to go along with his 20 points.
The Aussie shot an efficient 7/13 from the field, and also nailed 4 shots from deep from just 6 attempts. He finished the game with an impressive +/- of 26.
After a slow start by San Antonio, Coach Gregg Popovich was looking for a spark. To the surprise of very few it was Patty Mills that provided it. He went on to score 11 of his 20 in the 2nd quarter. A quarter that they won by 9 points.
With no Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, or Pau Gasol, the Spurs could have easily found themselves going down to NBA cellar dwellers Brooklyn. However, Mills' play and ability to run the team on the floor made sure this didn't happen.
This performance continues to solidify the former St.Mary's Gael's 6th Man of the Year candidacy.
Finally, with all the talk of Joe Ingles potentially taking part in the 3pt contest, it's time we start campaigning for Patty Mills to be a part of the Skills Challenge. Speed, skill, agility, and 3-point shooting? It's got his name written all over it.