Aussies Abroad: Mills in form in NBA

Aussies Abroad: Mills in form in NBA

Patty Mills continued his great run of form to start the new NBA season, posting 10 points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals in the San Antonio Spurs 109-85 victory over Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

Mills has enjoyed an expanded role with the Spurs this season and has repaid the team’s faith with scoring performances, adding another 7 points in 16 minutes in the 92-79 win over Washington.

Australian Boomers big man Nathan Jawai faces a lengthy stint on the sidelines after being diagnosed with a neck injury after being rushed to hospital last month.

Jawai was taken to hospital after a brilliant performance for Turkish club Galatasaray in the Euroleague, complaining of chest pains, numbness in his left arm and dizziness. The centre was diagnosed with neck trauma with the injury expected to sideline Jawai for 3-6 months according to club reports.

It comes as a blow to Jawai, who was the standout in his last game before the injury, posting 22 points in the loss to Olympiacos.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv continue their revival, posting a 78-75 victory over Bnei Hertzeliyya in the Israeli Winner League. Star Joe Ingles provided the playmaking off the bench, with 7 assists and 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.

The winning form was carried into Euroleague action as Ingles had 14 points (3-of-4 3FG) and 4 rebounds in Maccabi’s 75-68 win over Panathinaikos, improving their record to 4-1 on top of Group D.

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Joining Maccabi at 4-1 is fellow Boomer Aleks Maric and his Lokomotiv Kuban, who claimed a narrow 85-84 win over Spanish team Laboral Kutxa. Ryan Broekhoff had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals for Besiktas as they claimed a 77-70 road win over Radnicki Kragujevac.

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Daniel Kickert’s Ukrainian Sueprleague season continues to impress, dropping 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting to help Azovmash to an 80-73 win in Round 6 action. Kickert currently sits fourth in the league for scoring at 19.4 points per game.

In Women’s Euroleague action, Erin Phillips and her Wisla Krakow recorded their first win of the competition, defeating BK Imos Brno 67-61 in the Czech Republic. Phillips had 6 points 2 rebounds, 2 assists in 31 minutes.

Belinda Snell had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for CCC Polkowice, but it wasn’t enough as her Polish team went down 59-44 to Perfumerias Avenida in their second Euroleague game of the season.

Aussie Angus Brandt impressed as the starting centre for Oregon State University as they claimed victory over University of Portland 79-73 on Thursday. The senior had 13 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes as Beavers got their first win of the new season.

Fellow Australian Boomer Andrew Bogut had 8 points and 9 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors crushed the Detroit Pistons 113-95 on Thursday, while Matthew Dellavedova continues to work his way into the Cleveland Cavaliers rotation, playing 13 minutes for 4 points and an assist in the Cavs 124-95 loss to Minnesota.

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