After no games at all in the NBA yesterday there was one today involving an Australian and one involving a New Zealand Player.
Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs hosted the Chicago Bulls, revenging their earlier season loss by winning this one 119-100
Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder hosted the young and exciting minnesota Timberwolves, beating them 112-100
In a game that was only close in the third period where Chicago took the lead briefly, Mills was below his best, shooting. Fortunately for San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge took the shots that Mills usually does (except closer in) and was making them. He scored 33 points on 15-of-20 shooting, so as you can imagine, Mills was not needed as a scorer.
Mills did play 17 minutes, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting. However, basketball is about finding the player with the hot hand and Mills did this well, giving out five assists. He also collected one steal.
Because the starting five were able to do their job, Mills was not called on the get them out of a hole and Mills just kept the flow of the game going in San Antonio’s favor.
Steven Adams is like the percussion section of the orchestra. Happy to sit in the background but really noticeable when he does not do his job. Well tonight, if Russell Westbrook was the conductor, Adans was first violin.
In just 28 minutes Adams scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting as well as going a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. He even outscored Enes Kanter which does not happen often.
In a complete performance Adams also collected six rebounds, had one assist and two steals.