Aussies in NBA: Ingles gets hot from deep in Dallas defeat

Joe Ingles, along with Dante Exum formed the starting backcourt for the Utah Jazz today, who were unfortunately defeated in an overtime 105-112 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Ingles made good on his start, and his proficient shooting powered the Jazz to an early 54-42 lead in the first half. At that point in the game, the swingman had made all four of his three-point attempts during a five minute outburst in the second quarter.

He already had 14 points, and was leading the team in +/- differential at +22 along with Rudy Gobert. Ingles' shooting cooled off in the second half however, which saw him end the night with 16 points in total (box score).

He also handed out 5 assists for the night, along with a steal that led to a Gordon Hayward transition jumper.

Another thing worth noting: Ingles played 41 minutes this game, his highest in the season so far. We had predicted very limited minutes for Ingles in the preseason due to Utah's deep roster, but his breakout season has more than turned things around on this front. He has clocked more than 30 minutes of playing time in nine games so far, and averaged a respectable 21.7 minutes per game this season.

And here's a fancy new nickname for Jingles: Threengles!

Dante Exum had a quiet performance after his recent string of breakout games, scoring only five points in 18 minutes, along with four turnovers and two personal fouls.