San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills and the Australian National team kicked off the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships with a 70-59 victory over New Zealand Wednesday in Auckland.
Mills led the Boomers with a team high 20 points, while he also added 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 1 assist in his 30:37 minutes of play. Mills couldn't find a consistent rhythm shooting the basketball though as he shot 8-of-18 from the field and 2-of-9 from three point range in the win.
David Andersen added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the win, while Matthew Dellavedova, who played with the Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League team and has been invited to training camp with the Cavs scored 11 points. Joe Ingles scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to cap some notable Aussies from the 2012 London run.
Spurs center Aron Baynes, who is injured with a hamstring issue, did not play in the match and will not play in the next game but did take to Twitter to congratulate his teammates on the victory.
The Aussies will play their final game of Oceania against New Zealand on Sunday as the venue shifts to Australia. The winner of the Oceania Championship will qualify to play in the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain next year.
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Patty Mills is 1 of several undersized men in the Spurs line-up. The Spurs must get rid of him or made a member of the cheering squad. Incidentally, Bonner must amnestied to open more slots. I'd rather coach Pop taking chances with the likes of Dexter Pittman or Alexis Ajinca or Tyrus Thomas. At least these guys know how use their body and height. An unsolicited suggestion. Why not trade Splitter for ASIK of the Rockets or VAREJAO of the Cavs? I am amazed that Seth Curry was invited in the training camp. He is a dwarf like Denmon.
@rtesoro440 If there was a pathetic whining squad rt, you would qualify as GOAT on THAT squad for sure
@rtesoro440 Same moronic crap as usual rt. And what DON'T you "get" about the FACT that the AMNESTY PERIOD HAS EXPIRED FOR THIS YEAR ALREADY? You must like getting shat upon on this site
@rtesoro440 Ahhh, and the trolls roll out again, eh tesoro?