San Antonio Spurs Grades vs Sacramento Kings: Bench Explodes In 4th


The San Antonio Spurs are starting to come together. With their 106-88 win against the Kings on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings, the Spurs have now won 4 of their last 5 games.

As it was true for their win on Saturday night, the bench would come through again. In a game that was back-and-forth throughout, the fourth quarter was different. Step in the spark plug Patty Mills.

In a quarter that saw the Spurs outscoring the Kings 34-19, Mills was the key player. In the fourth quarter along, Mills seven points, six assists and four steals. As a team, the Spurs were on fire hitting 15 of their 20 attempts.

After the game, Mills talked about his shooting and the type of player he is trying to become with NBA.Com.

“I understand you can’t live and die off your shot, so if my shot is not falling I have to do other things,” said Mills, who missed 6 of 7 shots through three quarters. “I’m trying to become more of an all-around player.”

B. 13 points, 2 assists, 2 turnovers — Parker’s scoring was not needed in this game. A quite game if you will from Parker. Parker played just 22 minutes. With Patty Mills playing as good as he was during the game and producing at the level he was, no question that Parker would not see playing time down the stretch.. PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER

5 points (1-4 3PT), 4 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 blocks — I don’t even know where to start with Green. He has not been shooting the ball well at all this season. But, what stops me from giving him a low grade is the little things that he does. Green had 4 assists and 2 blocks in the teams win. He is a great defender and sometimes his shooting slump overtakes the type of defender that he is.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN. C+

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A. 11 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists — Duncan had himself a pretty good game. Notching a double-double in the win, Duncan continues to play at a high level. He was effective down the stretch with his defense and protecting the win, making it hard for Sacramento to get things moving on their offensive end.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

A. 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks — Aldridge is starting to settle in. The past few games you can see that he is getting more and more comfortable with the guys. Aldridge still seems to be hesitant on taking some shots and looking for that extra pass. He needs to just let it go. Don’t overthink. . C. San Antonio Spurs. LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE

. San Antonio Spurs. BENCH . A++. 36 points, 18 rebounds, 23 assists, 9 steals — Wow! Simply Wow! With more weapons added to their bench, the Spurs bench as they have been known for doing, keeping the Spurs in the game, did just that and then some in the fourth quarter Monday Night. In the final quarter, the bench scored 24 of the teams 34 points in the period. Mills led the way. He was in a zone. His strong play made it easy for Head Coach Greg Popovich to know him he was going with down the stretch. Mills added eight assists (six in the 4th). Not to take away from any other player, <strong><a href=

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