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Aussie Patty Mills shines for Spurs in NBA

AAP logoAAP 24/12/2016

Australian Boomer Patty Mills has starred, adding a season-high 23 points off the bench in the San Antonio Spurs' 110-90 NBA defeat of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 and 14 rebounds, to hand Portland their fifth straight loss despite the Spurs resting Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

"We wanted to get one back," said Leonard. "We definitely didn't want to lose two games in a row (after losing to the LA Clippers)."

Russell Westbrook has had his 14th triple-double of the season and his third straight 40-point game, scoring 45 with 11 assists and 11 rebounds to lead Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-112 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Westbrook scored the last seven points of the first half as the Thunder turned a three-point deficit into a four-point lead.

He scored 18 in the fourth quarter, including eight straight during a 10-0 run that flipped a 104-100 deficit into a six-point lead.

"It's important for me to know how to close games," Westbrook said. "All the best players figure out how to close games."

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said: "I don't know what to say other than 'Hats off to him' for plays he made."

Draymond Green made a tie-breaking dunk with 1:31 left and Kevin Durant scored 32 points, lifting Golden State Warriors to 119-113 win over the Detroit Pistons.

The NBA-leading Warriors have won seven straight, rolling with new star, Durant, heading into their Christmas NBA Finals rematch in Cleveland.

The Pistons have lost five in a row.

Nic Batum had 20 points in his first triple-double of the season as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Chicago Bulls 103-91 for their third-straight victory.

Elfrid Payton had 25 points and nine assists in the Orlando Magic's a 109-90 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James scored 19 points, Kevin Love added 14 and 15 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled the Brooklyn Nets 119-99.

Cleveland, who have won four straight and nine of 10, host Golden State on Christmas in a rematch of the past two NBA Finals.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a career-high 39 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 123-96.

Mike Conley scored 24 points and Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol each added 16 to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 115-109.

Memphis snapped a three-game home skid and ended Houston's road winning streak at five.

Anthony Davis had 28 points as the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Miami Heat 91-87.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 32 points for the Sacramento Kings to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-105.

Kyle Lowry took advantage of a depleted Utah Jazz to score a season-high 36 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 104-98 victory.

Lowry was nearly unstoppable in the Raptors' franchise-record six-straight wins on the road.

Paul Millsap capped a 9-0 run in the final 1:43 with two free throws and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to edge the Denver Nuggets 109-108.

Harrison Barnes made a 10-foot running jumper with 3.7 seconds left in his team-high 24 points as Dallas beat the LA Clippers 90-88.

Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Philadelphia 76ers 123-116 to snap a four-game losing streak.

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