Patty Mills against the Lakers. Dec 25, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Patty Mills (8) reacts after forward Nic Claxton (33) dunks over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets-Los Angeles Lakers game Saturday saw numerous players ruled out thanks to NBA COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and five others for the Nets and Avery Bradley, Kent Bazemore and three others for the Lakers. But of those who actually played, there were star performances from both expected figures like Brooklyn’s James Harden and Los Angeles’ LeBron James, but also unexpected figures like the Nets’ Patty Mills. Mills (seen above) added 34 points to Harden’s 36 to help Brooklyn to a 122-115 win, which put those two in rare company:

Here are some of Mills’ highlights on the night:

That’s a great night for Mills, and one where he really stepped up with other Nets’ stars like Durant out. And it gave the Nets a big win and improved them to 22-9 on the season, while the Lakers fell to 16-18.

[; photo from Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports]

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