Aussies in NBA: Dellavedova’s late scoring charge leads Bucks to victory
It’s not often you hear that Matthew Dellavedova scoring his way to a team victory. However, this is exactly what happened in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 112-103 win over the Brooklyn Nets, where Dellavedova scored 12 of his season-high 18 points in the final period.
In a contest where the Bucks desperately needed a spark on the offensive end, Dellavedova provided it. As Milwaukee outscored Brooklyn 37-31 in the last quarter, Dellavedova showed off his full package of runners, floaters, lay-ups and pull-up jump shots. Furthermore, the Australian added six assists and two rebounds in the victory, one that pushed the Bucks to fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 10-8 record.
“Getting stops on the defensive end and we are doing a better job of executing,” Dellavedova said about the keys in the win, via FOX Sports Wisconsin (FSN).
“We’ve got our go-to plays now and we are running them up.”
While it was fun to see Dellavedova being aggressive on the offensive end, he understands each game presents a different challenge.
“It’s going to be something different every night,” Dellavedova said, via FSN.
“Sometimes it’ll be on the defensive end, sometimes it’ll be an assist and sometimes it’ll be knocking down a shot. I think we are such an even team and that’ll help us throughout the year.”
In a season where Dellavedova is on pace to set a career-high in points (8.2), assists (6.2), minutes (28.5), rebounds (2.7) and steals (1.0), this performance against Brooklyn is another notable chapter in his Milwaukee journey.
The 18 points tied Dellavedova’s third-highest point total in a regular season game, via StatMuse. His career-high is 21 points, a feat Dellavedova achieved with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.
The Bucks’ other Aussie, Thon Maker, did not play.