Mills hammers Grizzlies with knockout blows

Wednesday, 13. February 2019

Patrick Mills hit the Memphis Grizzlies with four knockout blows to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a crucial NBA play-offs win on Wednesday.
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The Canberra point guard sent the San Antonio crowd into a frenzy with a stunning final quarter blitz, highlighted by four three-pointers in a game-winning stretch.

The Spurs beat the Grizzlies 116-103 and now hold a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series to begin the play-off campaign.

The Grizzlies had managed to contain Mills in the first four games, but he broke the shackles with a 20-point haul in game five to enhance his reputation as a big-game player.

“Overall it was just one of those games where you’re fortunate enough to make shots,” Mills said.

“Defensively, [the Grizzlies] do a great job of packing the paint … and they close out hard. It’s daily routine of practising different shots.

“They’re the same shots we had in the first three or four games … they just dropped tonight. It’s definitely a good feeling when you see some go in.”

If the Spurs win the series against the Grizzlies, they will move on to a Western Conference semi-finals clash against the Houston Rockets.

Mills’ $12 million contract with the Spurs expires at the end of this season. The 28-year-old three-time Olympian has put off negotiations until after his bid for another championship.

But star performances in the play-offs will boost his earning potential with the former Marist College student expected to land a massive pay rise.

The Spurs will hope to beat the Grizzlies in game six on Friday morning to advance to the next stage of the play-offs.

“I think the energy we all brought off the bench is what we need to lift the pressure off [Kawai Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge],” Mills said.

“They’re doing a hell of a job. They’re busting their behind to help the team but we need to lift our weight as well. What we did as a bench group tonight is what we need.”

Have a game, bala, have a game!

20 points for @Patty_Mills tonight and a monster fourth quarter! pic.twitter南京夜网/r20xEKhfVY

??? San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 26, 2017

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??? Cayleigh Griffin (@cayleighgriffin) April 26, 2017

Patty knocks down his fourth three of the night and we’re up 109-97 with 3:48 to play! #GOSPURSGOpic.twitter南京夜网/QEhEzde8hl

??? San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 26, 2017

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