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Mills leads Spurs to win in Charlotte

By Chris Pike
10 February 2014 01:07AM EST

AUSTRALIAN guard Patty Mills had a huge fourth quarter to inspire San Antonio to an NBA win in Charlotte on Saturday night with Phoenix beating Golden State to leapfrog them in the standings.

There were seven games in the NBA on Saturday night with San Antonio beating Charlotte 104-100, Memphis downing Atlanta 79-76, Detroit thrashing Denver 126-109, Portland defeated Minnesota 117-110, Houston beating Milwaukee 101-95, Phoenix downing Golden State 122-109 and Utah upsetting Miami 94-89.

San Antonio came from behind going into the fourth quarter to beat the Bobcats in Charlotte on Saturday night on the back of a career-best showing from Australian guard Patty Mills.

While Mills just fell short of his career high of 34 points, his 32-point effort set up by a massive 18-point final quarter was likely the best effort of his NBA career as he sparked the Spurs to the four-point victory over the Bobcats.

Mills took full advantage of the absence of Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Marco Belinelli to end up playing over 25 minutes to score 32 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals on the back of shooting 10-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point territory.

Tim Duncan also finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio while Nando de Colo added 15 points and Boris Diaw 13.

Al Jefferson once again top-scored for Charlotte with 26 points, nine rebounds, four steals, three assists and three blocked shots.

Gerald Henderson also added 23 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats with Kemba Walker scoring 18 points and Ramon Sessions 10.

Memphis shot an NBA-record low of one free-throw on Saturday night but the Grizzlies still managed to beat the Hawks in Atlanta by three points to improve to a 27-22 record on the season in ninth position in the western conference standings.

Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies with 20 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots with Courtney Lee adding 14 points and Nick Calathes 10 points to go with five assists.

Paul Millsap did all he could for the Hawks finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals while DeMarre Carroll added 13 points, six boards and three assists.

Detroit is finally starting to find some of the form it expected when signing Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings to complement a young team in the off-season winning a second straight game with a 17-point victory at home over Denver on Saturday night.

Detroit scored its season-high in points (126) in the process while Smith added his season-high in assists (eight) and Jennings his season-high for points scored (35).

Jennings was the star of the night for the Pistons not only scoring 35 points but also dishing out 12 assists as he shot 11-of-22 from the field and 6-of-11 from three-point territory.

Smith also finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals while centre Andre Drummond contributed 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points off the bench with Greg Monroe adding 14 points and Kyle Singler 10.

Randy Foye top-scored with 25 points for the Nuggets with Wilson Chandler adding 20 points, JJ Hickson 15 (16 rebounds), Evan Fournier 12 and Kenneth Faried 11.

Portland managed to secure a seven-point victory in Minnesota on Saturday night over a Timberwolves team missing Kevin Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic.

The win improved the Trail Blazers to a 36-15 record on the season to keep them in third position in the western conference standings.

LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Blazers finishing with 26 points and nine rebounds with Wesley Matthews adding 21 points and six assists.

Point guard Damian Lillard added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists with CJ McCollum scoring 19 points, Nicolas Batum 15 and Joel Freeland 11.

Corey Brewer top-scored for Minnesota with 26 points and seven rebounds with Ricky Rubio adding 25 points and nine assists.

Chase Budinger also contributed 19 points while Shabazz Muhammad scored 12 points and Dante Cunningham 14.

Houston won its fifth straight game and did it easily against the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday night.

The Rockets improved to a 34-17 record on the season with the win to reman anchored to fifth position in the western conference while the Bucks remain stuck on nine wins and are far and away the worst team in the NBA.

Centre Dwight Howard led the way for Houston with 27 points, 13 rebounds and five assists with James Harden contributing 22 points.

Jeremy Lin also scored 18 points and four assists off the bench with Patrick Beverly adding 15 points and three assists as the starting point guard.

Brandon Knight finished with 23 points and five assists for the Bucks while Khris Middleton scored 20 points, Nate Wolters 19 and John Henson 14 to go with 10 rebounds.

Phoenix scored a strong 13-point victory over Golden State at home on Saturday night with the Suns rising to a 30-20 record on the season to move ahead of the Warriors into sixth position in the western conference standings.

Goran Dragic was the star for Phoenix scoring a career-high 34 points to go with 10 assists on the back of shooting 10-of-13 from the field and 6-of-7 from three-point territory.

Gerald Green also added 25 points for the Suns while PJ Tucker scored 16 points (15 rebounds), Marcus Morris 14, Channing Frye 13 and Miles Plumlee 12.

Both Andrew Bogut and David Lee didn’t play for the Warriors with Steph Curry top-scoring with 28 points and nine assists.

Harrison Barnes added 23 points off the bench with Klay Thompson scoring 17 points, Andre Iguodala 12, Jermaine O'Neal 11 and Jordan Crawford 10.

Miami surprisingly dropped a game to the Jazz in Utah on Saturday night with the home team prevailing by five points to mark the fifth straight season they have managed to beat the Heat on at least one occasions.

Marvin Williams top-scored for the Jazz finishing with 23 points while Richard Jefferson scored 14 points, Trey Burke 13 and Alec Burks 12.

Dwyane Wade top-scored for Miami with 19 points with LeBron James scoring 13 points, Chris Bosh 13, Mario Chalmers 12 and Norris Cole 12.

NBA Results Saturday February 8
San Antonio Spurs (37-14) 104 defeated Charlotte Bobcats (22-29) 100
Memphis Grizzlies (27-22) 79 defeated Atlanta Hawks (25-24) 76
Denver Nuggets (24-25) 109 lost to Detroit Pistons (21-29) 126
Portland Trail Blazers (36-15) 117 defeated Minnesota Timberwolves (24-27) 110
Houston Rockets (34-17) 101 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (9-41) 95
Golden State Warriors (30-21) 109 lost to Phoenix Suns (30-20) 122
Miami Heat (35-14) 89 lost to Utah Jazz (17-33) 94

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