San Antonio Spurs: Patty Mills goes off in win over Team USA
By Andrew Ites
San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills went supernova in the fourth quarter to lead Australia to a 98-94 win over Gregg Popovich and Team USA.
There has been a ton of San Antonio Spurs news on the international basketball circuit as Team USA traveled down under to play two games against the Boomers of Australia.
America took the first game of the series 102-86, but Patty Mills and the Boomers bounced back to claim a 98-94 victory on Saturday morning.
Mills dropped a cool, game-high 30 points including Australia’s final 10 points to help his squad to a tight win in front of 52.079 fans in Melbourne.
The Australians had never beaten Team USA in international competition, and the Americans were on a 78-game winning streak in major competitions and exhibitions entering this game.
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Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich thinks this will act as a learning experience for his young squad as they are just a week away from the beginning of the FIBA World Cup in China.
“The Aussies gave us a great lesson as far as where we have to be and how we have to play in this kind of competition,” said Popovich. “So, we’ll get used to that and hopefully learn.”
Fellow San Antonio Spurs point guard Derrick White had a rough game that included a scary fall where he hit his head hard on the floor and had to leave the game.
However, the news was not all bad for White as he found out he officially made the World Cup roster as Pop cut the team down to 12.
The U.S. has one more tuneup game against Canada before they open World Cup competition against the Czech Republic on September 1st.
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Hopefully White can get a bit more run in that matchup to secure his place in the rotation and get some meaningful minutes.
It will also be fun to see if Patty Mills can keep up this level of play into the World Cup for Australia after this scintillating performance.