There were three games today in the NBA involving Australians
Matthew Dellavedova and the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Cleveland Cavalier and in the game where LeBron James passed Moses Malone to go eighth on the all time scoring list, Cleveland were too strong for the Bucks, winning in overtime 114-108
Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs traveled to Houston to take on the Rockets. Even without Clint Capela, Houston would be a troublesome opponent, with the Spurs winning 102-100.
The third game involved Dante Exum, Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz traveling to Golden State to take on the Warriors. Last game that Jazz played the Warriors, four of their starters were out. This time the Jazz were only missing two starters, George Hill and Derick Favors. The result for the Jazz, however, was worse. Gordon Hayward was held in check and the Jazz lost 104-74.
Dellavedova had one of the hardest assignments in the Eastern conference, matched up against his old team and starting point guard Kyrie Irving. In a game where but Giannis Antetokounmpo and Matthew Dellavedova struggled early on, the Bucks fought back to push the game into overtime.
Dellavedova played 39 minutes and scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting, including 2-of-7 from deep. Dellavedova collected three rebounds, five assists and one steal. Some of this good work was offset by the uncharacteristic four turnovers that Dellavedova committed.
Patty Mills had a typical Patty Mills night and the Spurs could not be happier with the Australian. He played 23 minutes (season average) and scored 13 points (season average is 11.3). Mills had one assist (down on season 3.7) and two steals (up from 0.8 on the season). Mills shot 5-of-9 from the field which is 55 percent (48 percent on the season) and 3-of-6 from deep which is 50 percent (43 percent on the season). As you can see as close to the typical Patty Mills game on the season.
What would have made the Spurs and coach Gregg Popovich extremely happy with this game was that Mills hit the go ahead three point shot, taking the team to the win. There is ice running in that mans veins. It bought to mind the shooting in the Spurs last championship game against the Miami Heat when they won on the back of Mills getting them back into the contest that they eventually won.
Exum once again started in the place on the injured George Hill. In this game, however Exum was not able to help the Jazz to a win. He played 26 minutes and scored six points on 2-of-2 from deep. Exum collected one rebound but had three turnovers in this contest, two in quick succession which caused coach Snyder to pull him off the court. Pretty harsh considering Exum was replaced by Shelvin Mack, who has a much higher turnover ratio. Exum was a lot more careful with his fouls against the Warriors, only committing two. In a game where the Jazz lost by 30, Exum only had a plus minus of negative 9.
Ingles could not repeat his heroics of the last Golden State game, He was only able to contribute 11 points in 27 minutes. His shooting was not as good, going 4-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from deep. He did once again collect some good numbers on the stat sheet showing his all round versatility with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
This was offset somewhat by the two turnovers and four fouls that he committed. Ingles was still equal second top scorer for the Jazz, equal to Rudy Gobert and Trey Lyles. The only Jazz player to contribute more points was Joe Johnson who put up 14.