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Aussies in NBA: Patty scores season high in win over Bogut and Mavs
Patty Mills poured in a season best 23 points to lead San Antonio to a win. The Spurs managed to knock off the Mavericks in Dallas, 94-87 (boxscore).
The win sees the Spurs move to 11-0 on the road. It is now the third best road winning streak to start a season. Their next road game will come up against the giant-hunting Bucks next week.
Mills finished the game with 23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and a steal. He shot the ball at 75% from the field, and went an impressive 5/6 from beyond the arc. Tony Parker once again did not play, however the Aussie still came off the bench, this time for Nicolas Laprovittola.
Patty had it on the string from the outset. With a magical steal and score in the first quarter illustrating that. By halftime the Spurs led by a slim 3 points.
A big effort from Dallas out of the main break meant that they would lead by 5 heading into the final quarter. It was fellow Aussie Andrew Bogut who helped bring the energy. He finished with a solid 4 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.
But Mills went to another gear in the fourth quarter, it's something he has begun to make a habit of. He did it against the Mavericks in their last matchup, and also against the Celtics. In this one he scored 15 of his 23 in the last period.
He also was in a giving mood. He found Dewayne Dedmon for what is an early contender for alley-oop of the season.
Not long after that Mills hit a pair of triples. The first over a back-stepping Andrew Bogut, and the following over the outstretched hand of his Boomer's teammate. Patty wasn't done with 'Boges' though. To cap the run off, he hit a crossover in front of his countryman, before nailing the step-back jumper.
The Spurs went on to close the game out, and claim yet another win. Post-game Mills was asked about his last quarter effort.
"I'm just trying to get the flow of the offence going. We struggled for the majority of the game I think." he explained.
Mills' season continues to go from strength to strength, and he is on track for a career year (statistics). Who knows 2016/17 may mean another ring for the Aussies in the NBA, and for Patty Mills.