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Mills again fires Spurs in the NBA

By Chris Pike
20 February 2014 08:18PM EST

ONCE again Australian guard Patty Mills took advantage of San Antonio's absence of Tony Parker to fire the Spurs to a thrilling win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA on Wednesday night.

There were 11 matches in the NBA on Wednesday night with Charlotte beating Detroit 116-98, Cleveland downing Orlando 101-93, Chicago defeating Toronto 94-92, Washington thrashing Atlanta 114-97, Minnesota downing Indiana 104-91 and New York beating New Orleans 98-91.

Phoenix also beat Boston 100-94 while Brooklyn downed Utah 105-99, San Antonio defeated Portland 111-109, Golden State beat Sacramento 101-92 and Houston hammered the LA Lakers 134-108.

Detroit's short-lived revival after sacking coach Mo Cheeks lasted all but one match with the Pistons putting in their second straight poor showing since the All-Star game losing in Charlotte to the Bobcats by 18 points on Wednesday night.

Once again big man Al Jefferson led the way for Charlotte finishing with 29 points and eight assists while point guard Kemba Walker finished with 24 points and 16 assists.

Josh McRoberts also scored 15 points for the Bobcats, Gerald Henderson 11, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 11 and Ramon Session 10 to go with 10 assists.

Point guard Brandon Jennings again top-scored for the Pistons with 20 points and six assists while Rodney Stuckey scored 15 points, Will Bynum 14, Josh Smith 14, Greg Monroe 13 and Kyle Singler 10.

Cleveland won its sixth straight match beating Orlando at home by eight points on Wednesday night with the Cavaliers improving to a 22-33 record in 10th position in the eastern conference.

All-Star game MVP from the weekend Kyrie Irving led the way for the Cavs finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Luol Deng added 17 points, Tristan Thompson 16, Tyler Zeller 16 and Jarrett Jack 10 to go with six boards and six assists.

Arron Afflalo tried hard for the Magic finishing with 23 points while Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points, Tobias Harris 19 and Kyle O'Quinn 10.

Chicago scored a nail-biting two-point win over Toronto in Toronto on Wednesday with the result seeing the Bulls improve to a 28-25 in fourth spot in the eastern conference just behind the 29-25 Raptors.

Carlos Boozer top-scored for the Bulls with 20 points and eight rebounds while Kirk Hinrich added 19 points, DJ Augustin 19, Jimmy Butler 16 and Taj Gibson 10.

Joakim Noah had an incredible passing night for a big man finishing with eight points, four rebounds and 13 assists.

DeMar DeRozan did all he could for the Raptors finishing with 32 points while Kyle Lowry added 16 points and seven assists.

Washington had little trouble handing Atlanta its seventh straight defeat on Wednesday night with the Wizards cruising to the 17-point road victory.

Point guard John Wall led the way for Washington finishing with 21 points and 12 assists with Bradley Beal adding 19 points, Trevor Ariza 19, Marcin Gortat 14, Martell Webster 13, Trevor Booker 12 and Nene 10.

Paul Millsap finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks with Elton Brand finishing with 20 points and 11 boards.

Point guard Jeff Teague contributed 16 points and five assists with Lou Williams adding 14 points and Kyle Korver 10.

Indiana's mixed form continued with the Pacers losing to an undermanned Timberwolves in Minnesota on Wednesday night with their lead ahead of Miami on top of the eastern conference now whittled down to just two games.

Minnesota was without Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic but Kevin Love came up huge with 42 points and 16 rebounds while shooting 14-of-22 from the field and 5-of-10 from three-point range.

Corey Brewer also added 12 points for the Timberwolves with JJ Barea scoring 12 points, Ronny Turiaf 11 and Dante Cunningham 10.

Paul George did all he could for the Pacers finishing with 35 points and 11 rebounds with George Hill scoring 13 points and Lance Stephenson 10 to go with 10 rebounds.

New York won its fifth straight match over New Orleans and improved to a 21-33 record in 11th position in the eastern conference with the seven-point win on the road on Wednesday.

Carmelo Anthony was outstanding for the Knicks with 42 points on the back of shooting 16-of-29 shooting from the field.

JR Smith also scored 19 points for New York and Tim Hardaway Jr 16.

Eric Gordon did all he could for the Pelicans with 28 points while Anthony Davis scored 14 points, Austin Rivers 14 and Brian Roberts 10.

Phoenix continued its winning ways beating Boston at home by six points on Wednesday to improve to a 32-21 record on the season to sit in sixth position still in the western conference.

Markieff Morris top-scored for the Suns off the bench with 18 points while Goran Dragic scored 17 points, Gerald Green 17, Channing Frye 15, Marcus Morris 11 and PJ Tucker 10 to go with 11 rebounds and six assists.

Brandon Bass scored 18 points and pulled in eight rebounds for the Celtics while Rajon Rondo contributed 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Jeff Green also scored 17 points and had five rebounds for Boston.

Brooklyn headed to Utah and beat the Jazz by six points to improve to a 25-27 record on the season and to sit in sixth position in the eastern conference.

It is the first time that Nets point guard Deron Williams has returned to Utah and scored a victory since leaving the Jazz.

He finished the game with 19 points and seven assists for Brooklyn while Joe Johnson scored 27 points and Andray Blatche added 25.

Alec Burks top-scored for the Jazz off the bench with 23 points and six rebounds while Enes Kanter scored 18 points and 10 boards.

Patty Mills once again was the star of the show for San Antonio in a thrilling two-point win over the Trail Blazers in Portland on Wednesday night.

The win improves the Spurs to a 40-15 record on the season to remain in second spot in the western conference while the Blazers slipped to 36-18 to now have slipped to fifth spot out west.

In the absence again of All-Star point guard Tony Parker, Mills starred off the bench for the Spurs finishing with 29 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals while shooting 13-of-26 from the field.

Marco Belinelli also scored 20 points for San Antonio with Danny Green adding 16 points, Manu Ginobili 16, Tiago Splitter 15 and Boris Diaw 11 as he started in place of the rested Tim Duncan.

Point guard Damian Lillard top-scored for the Blazers with 31 points and six assists while Mo Williams added 19 points, Wesley Matthews 18, Robin Lopez 11 (14 rebounds), Dorell Wright 10 and Thomas Robinson 10.

Golden State beat Sacramento in the LA capital by nine points on Wednesday after both teams pulled off trades in the lead up to the contest.

The Kings sent Marcus Thornton to Brooklyn in return for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans while the Warriors dealt Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks to the LA Lakers in return for point guard Steve Blake.

As for the match itself, David Lee led the way for the Warriors with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Klay Thompson scored 18 points, Steph Curry 13, Andre Iguodala 13, Draymond Green 12 and Jordan Crawford 10.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for Sacramento with 26 points and seven assists with Travis Outlaw scoring 18 points and Rudy Gay 16.

Houston also continued its terrific form winning an eighth straight match hammering the Lakers at the Staples Centre by 26 points.

James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 29 points and 11 assists while Dwight Howard added 20 points and 13 boards.

Chandler Parsons contributed 18 points for Houston with Donastas Motiejunas scoring 12 points, Francisco Garcia 11 and Terrence Jones 11.

Wesley Johnson top-scored for the Lakers with 24 points and seven rebounds with Kendall Marshall adding 20 points and 16 assists.

NBA Results Tuesday February 19
Detroit Pistons (22-32) 98 lost to Charlotte Bobcats (25-30) 116
Orlando Magic (16-40) 93 lost to Cleveland Cavaliers (22-33) 101
Chicago Bulls (28-25) 94 defeated Toronto Raptors (29-25) 92
Washington Wizards (26-28) 114 defeated Atlanta Hawks (25-28) 97
Indiana Pacers (41-13) 91 lost to Minnesota Timberwolves (26-28) 104
New York Knicks (21-33) 98 defeated New Orleans Pelicans (23-30) 91
Boston Celtics (19-36) 94 lost to Phoenix Suns (32-21) 100
Brooklyn Nets (25-27) 105 defeated Utah Jazz (19-34) 99
San Antonio Spurs (40-15) 111 defeated Portland Trail Blazers (36-18) 109
Golden State Warriors (32-22) 101 defeated Sacramento Kings (18-36) 92
Houston Rockets (37-17) 134 defeated Los Angeles Lakers (18-36) 108

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