There were four games involving Australians and one game involving a New Zealand born player today.
Matthew Dellavedova, Thon Maker and the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Washington Wizards who have been on a great win streak. The Bucks stopped the win streak, beating the Wizards 123-96
Aron Baynes and the Detroit Pistons hosted the league leading Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, for the Pistons, Golden State were just a little to strong, winning 119-113.
Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz hosted the Toronto Raptors. In a game against the second top team in the East, the Jazz lost a close one 104-98
Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs traveled to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers. The Spurs won easily 110-90
Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder traveled to Boston to take on the Celtics. The Thunder took the win, 117-112
Dellavedova had a good game, despite the fact that his box score does not show wonderful numbers. In 22 minutes Dellavedova scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting, 1-of-4 from deep. Dellavedova’s only other stat of importance on a personal level was the four assists that he dished out. However, the job that he and Malcolm Brogden did on John Wall was awesome.
Sure, Wall had 18 points, it was on 8-of-18 shooting and he only took two free throws for the night. Wall also got ten assists but was under pressure the whole game. With Wall under pressure, Bradley Beal has to step up and Beal only scored 10 points as Wall was not able to set Beal up with enough good looks.
With the game pretty much over nby the end of the third period, Maker played eight minutes of the last. Once again Maker made the most of his time on the court, scoring five points on 2-of-2 shooting, including connecting on his only attempt from long range. He also collected two rebounds in a good showing.
Baynes had a typical Baynes game again. There have been a couple of atypical performances where he had not been his junk yard dog self but against the Warriors he was efficient on offense and solid on defense. In 17 minutes, Baynes had six points on 3-of-4 shooting. He also collected two rebounds, both on the offensive end of the floor and one assist.
With Rodney Hood back in the lineup, Joe Ingles was relegated back to the bench role that he fills so well. In 29 minutes, Mr Versatility had nine points on 2-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-4 from deep and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line.
Ingles had two rebounds, a game high seven assists and an equal game high four steals in another performance where he showed a bit of everything. As far as role players go, Ingles is one of the better ones in the NBA in my opinion.
Exum missed another game with knee tendinitis issues. He will be re-evaluated just before the new year.
Patty Mills exploded against the Trail Blazers. In 28 minutes Mills scored 23 points, second in the game only to Kawhi Leonard. Mills shot an amazing 7-of-9 from the field. He was 5-of-7 from deep, he found it hard to miss. Mills also went 4-of-5 from the line.
On top of his shooting, Mills also had three rebounds, five assists and two steals in a performance which will stick in my mind for the rest of the season.
The Big Kiwi certainly had his hands full with the versatile Al Horford. Horford was great from outside, his 3-of-6 from deep helped his to 23 points. Adams, however, was great everywhere else. In 29 minutes, Adams scored only eight points, it was on 4-of-6 shooting which is a great clip. He would have had a double double if he had of his his free throws, going 0-of-2 from the line.
Adams had an equal game high 11 rebounds (Equal with Russell Westbrook no less) and three of them were on the defensive end. Adams also had three assists, two steals and a block. As usual, he anchored the defense which Oklahoma need him to do and certainly set the standard for the rest of the big men.