Aussies Abroad: Boomers trio create NBA history

Aussies Abroad: Boomers trio create NBA history

Australian basketball history was created on Friday as three Australian Boomers started an NBA game for the first time, with Andrew Bogut’s Golden State Warriors going down 104-102 to Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and the San Antonio Spurs.

In a watershed day for Australians in the NBA, Baynes and Mills were called into the Spurs starting line-up after injury saw Tim Duncan and Tony Parker sidelined.

Bogut continued his amazing recent form, dragging in 18 rebounds to go with his 8 points and 3 blocks, while Mills played a season-high 34 minutes on his way to 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Baynes played reduced minutes despite the start, playing 9 minutes for 8 points and 5 rebounds.

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Currently enjoying his best form of the season, Bogut was again instrumental for the Warriors on Sunday, posting 12 points and a season-high 20 rebounds in the 102-83 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova enjoyed extended court time as the Cavs fell to the Chicago Bulls 100-84 on Sunday. The Boomers star played 29 minutes, posting 10 points, 4 assists and 2 blocks in the loss.

Jayco Australian Opals star Liz Cambage emerged victorious in the battle of the Australians in the WCBA on Saturday, posting a season-high 54 points on 22-of-27 shooting as her Beijing team defeated Lauren Jackson’s Heilongjiang 98-80.

Cambage has enjoyed a return to the type of form that saw her finish second in the WCBA scoring last season, averaging 43 points per game over her past three outings.

It was another Opal v Opal clash in France as Marianna Tolo’s Bourges Basket easily accounted for Cayla Francis and her Nantes team 79-60 in LFB action. Francis had 13 points and 7 rebounds in just 21 minutes off the bench, while Tolo had 6 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes as a starter.

Belinda Snell made up for an off shooting night, posting 7 rebounds and 4 steals to go with her 10 points as CCC Polkowice recorded a comfortable 68-43 win over Basket ROW in Polish PLK competition to stay in second place.

A double-overtime win by Brad Newley’s Gran Canaria has seen them stay in the top four of the Spanish ACB standings, claiming a pulsating 89-82 win over FIATC Joventut on Monday.

The two-time Olympian played 30 minutes in the hard-fought victory, posting 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. Staying in Europe, Brock Motum had 11 points and 3 rebounds for Bologna as they stumbled to a 78-74 loss to Sidigas AV in Italian Serie A action.

Australian Boomers forward Cameron Bairstow continued to post massive numbers for the New Mexico Lobos, finishing the 75-68 win over Marquette with 20 points (8-of-8 FT), 10 rebounds and 5 assists as the Lobos break a two-game skid.

Aussie centre Jordan Vandenberg had his best game of the college season, posting 18 points (9-of-10 FG), 5 rebounds and 3 blocks as North Carolina State defeated East Carolina 90-79 on Sunday. Mangok Mathiang had 6 points and 7 rebounds in 23 minutes as Louisville defeated FIU 85-56 on Sunday.

A double-double from Venky Jois wasn’t enough to stop Eastern Washington from slipping to a 92-70 loss to Seaton Hall. Jois had 11 points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes, while fellow Aussie Felix Von Hofe came off the bench for 8 points on 3-of-4 shooting in 9 minutes.