Aussies Abroad: Boomers Mills and Delly star in NBA

Aussies Abroad: Boomers Mills and Delly star in NBA

The rise of Australian Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova continues to gain momentum, with the 23-year-old rookie producing a career night to inspire the Cleveland Cavaliers to a nail-biting win on Thursday.

It was a shooting master class from “Delly”, posting a career-high 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 5-of-7 from beyond the arc (to go with 6 assists) as the Cavs claimed a vital road win over the Detroit Pistons 97-96 thanks to a buzzer-beating shot from Cavs teammate Dion Waiters.

He followed that up on Monday, with 11 points and 6 assists in 30 minutes as the Cavs claimed the massive scalp of the Indiana Pacers – the top-ranked team in the Eastern Conference – 90-76.

Since the injury to Cavs star Kyrie Irving, Dellavedova has stepped up to the plate to give the team vital point guard production off the bench, averaging 9.9 points at 54% shooting and 5.9 assists in 30 minutes per game in his past eight outings.

In Texas it has been another productive week for Patty Mills, Aron Baynes and their San Antonio Spurs, extending their winning streak to 17 games on the back of victories over Philadelphia and Denver (twice) and New Orleans.

Mills remains on track for a career-best season, averaging 12.8 points per game over his past four outings. The Australian Boomers star guard started the week by posting 15 points (6-of-9 FG), 3 assists and 3 steals in the Spurs 113-91 win over the 76ers on Tuesday.

This was followed by 16 points (7-of-11 FG), 6 rebounds and 3 assists in just 20 minutes as the Spurs defeated Denver again on Saturday, before 13 points in the 96-80 win over New Orleans on Sunday.

For Baynes, minutes have been more forthcoming in the past fortnight, averaging just under 10 per game in the past 11 fixtures. It was a solid 4 points and 5 rebounds in 8 minutes for Baynes as the Spurs held off the Nuggets 108-103 on Thursday before repeating the line in the win over New Orleans on Sunday.

Boomers centre Andrew Bogut will miss the next week after suffering a groin injury in the Golden State Warriors’ 100-93 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

In France, Jayco Australian Opals star Marianna Tolo ensured her Bourges team remained top of the French standings, posting a comfortable 70-50 win over Charleville. Tolo had 14 points and 5 rebounds in 16 minutes as a starter.

Nantes and Cayla Francis continue their fine run of form, defeating Tarbes 73-67 on Sunday, with the Opals forward/centre posting 19 points and 6 rebounds in 23 minutes.

It was 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals from Belinda Snell that saw CCC Polkowice claimed a 57-41 win over Artego BYDG in Polish league action.

The winning feeling in France spread to Boomers big man David Andersen, with the three-time Olympian posting 10 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes as Strasbourg defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez 94-79.