- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - San Antonio stars Tim Duncan and Tony Parker took the night off Wednesday. No matter. As is usual when the Spurs are without their stars, the rest of the team got the job done.

Patty Mills came off the bench to score 29 points, Marco Belinelli hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining and San Antonio rallied in the second half to pull out a 111-109 victory over the Trail Blazers.

San Antonio has won two of three games this season when Duncan and Parker were both absent from the lineup.

Mills helped fill the void with a 24-point second half. The fourth-year guard from Australia came off the bench to hit 13 of 26 shots against the Blazers.

Belinelli had 20 points and Manu Ginobili 16 for San Antonio.

Mills has been on a hot streak since the All-Star break concluded, scoring 25 and 29 points in the Spurs’ first two games back.

“If it wasn’t for him the last couple nights, we would have really struggled,” San Antonio forward Danny Green said. “He’s doing what Tony usually does, in taking over in that fourth quarter.”

Mills explained his recent stretch in humble tones, saying “for me, it’s just been learning from great guys. We’ve got three future Hall of Famers and a great coach, so I’ve just sat back and learned.”

It wasn’t just Mills, though. Belinelli hit four 3-pointers, and Tiago Splitter had 15 points and six rebounds in returning to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 6.

“I thought the effort was fantastic,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

Portland was without leading scorer and rebounder LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed the game with a groin injury and is expected to be out at least a week. Also sidelined were forward Joel Freeland (knee) and center Meyers Leonard (ankle).

Aside from Duncan and Parker, the Spurs also were without guard Kawhi Leonard (right hand).

Damian Lillard scored 31 points, including 15 during the fourth quarter, for Portland. Coming off his first All-Star game appearance, Lillard hit 13 of 21 shots and handed out six assists.

Mo Williams had 19 points and Wesley Matthews 18 for the Blazers.

Without Aldridge, Freeland and Leonard, the Blazers had to resort to playing a small lineup. It resulted in erratic play, with stretches when the Blazers’ offense went missing.

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