Final Score: San Antonio Spurs 111, Portland Trail Blazers 109
It was the Patty Mills show at the Moda Center on Wednesday night, scoring 29 points off the bench as the San Antonio Spurs (40-15) handed the Portland Trail Blazers (36-18) their third-straight loss.
This was the third time in the last five games where Mills has scored 25 or more points. It took him 26 shots to get there, but with the Spurs missing an abundance of players (Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard and Aron Baynes), every basket was all the more important.
The 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout Champion Marco Belinelli had 20 points in 35 minutes for San Antonio, including a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili contributed 16 points for the second unit.
It was the 24th different lineup head coach Gregg Popovich has used all season. On the other end of the spectrum, the Portland Trail Blazers (who were without LaMarcus Aldridge due to a left groin strain), were using just their second different starting lineup this year.
Damian Lillard had 31 points on 13-of-21 from the floor, while Mo Williams chipped in a season-high 19 points. Robin Lopez had a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. It was the eighth time this season where Lopez had grabbed 14 or more rebounds.
This was just San Antonio's second victory in their last 11 tries on the road against Portland.