Former Spurs Mills, Aldridge ‘touched’ by tributes

SAN ANTONIO – A video tribute accompanied by a standing ovation from a crowd of 15,068 highlighted the return of former Spurs Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge to the AT&T Center on Friday night.

Aldridge had 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and seven rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench to help the Brooklyn Nets record a 117-102 win.

Mills hit just 4 of 11 shots en route to 9 points in 32 minutes as a starter, but he scored some timely buckets as the Nets completed a sweep of the two-game season series after winning in overtime in Brooklyn on Jan. 9. 

Mills and Aldridge acknowledged the crowd as it showered them with love before the game. After player introductions, they walked to the Spurs bench to share hugs with coach Gregg Popovich and several of their former teammates.

“To be able to get a welcome back was special,” Mills said. “A lot of memories came flooding back just from being back in the building. It was a special night.”

Said Aldridge, “Ah man, I was touched. It’s always nice to see what you achieved and those moments that were special to me and this organization. When I left Portland it was a bitter ending, so it was nice to have it here.”

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