Mills shoots to NBA record in Spurs win

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Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs got the better of Damian Lillard's Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.
Camera IconPatty Mills' San Antonio Spurs got the better of Damian Lillard's Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.

The hot shooting form of Patty Mills has continued as he became the all-time leader in the NBA for three-pointers made for the one team after coming off the bench.

The Australian star provided the spark for the San Antonio Spurs in their 125-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Mills scored 21 points in just 24 minutes against the Blazers on 8 of 11 shooting, with five three-pointers.

His 930th basket from beyond the arc for the Spurs passed the record of 929 set by his former teammate and four-time NBA champion Manu Ginobili.

"I obviously had no idea about it so that's news to me," Mills said of the milestone.

"I think there's something there in understanding your role and trying to make the most of that opportunity but at the same time remaining true to who you are as a player.

"Manu was the perfect example of that and how he accepted his role."

Mills is in his 10th campaign with the Spurs after two years with Portland and the 2014 NBA champion has never had a more productive season during his career.

The 32-year-old is averaging 14.7 points over 14 games, almost six points better than his career average while his previous best of 11.6 points per game came last season.

Mills was one of four San Antonio players to score 20 points or more against Portland as they improved their record to 8-6.

The Spurs bench outscored the Blazers' reserves 59-25 and dominated them late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to set up what proved in the end a comfortable win after they trailed 80-78.

The New York Knicks beat the sliding Orlando Magic 91-84 to win on back-to-back days for the first time since October 30, 2017.

Elsewhere, the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Phoenix Suns 108-104 to extend their winning streak to five games and the Atlanta Hawks accounted for the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97.

Kevin Durant made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left while James Harden had 34 points and 12 assists for the Brooklyn Nets as they edged out the Milwaukee Bucks 125-123.

Durant finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists to give the Nets their fourth straight victory in a game in which two of the East's best went toe-to-toe right down to a tense finish.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee, which had its four-game winning streak stopped.

Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and Pascal Siakam had a big second half as they led the Toronto Raptors to a 116-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Zach LaVine scored a game-high 33 points in the Chicago Bulls' 125-120 victory against the Houston Rockets.

In later games, the Miami Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons 113-107 and the Golden State Warriors edged out the Los Angeles Lakers 115-113.

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