Patty Mills has seen his role on the San Antonio Spurs dwindle in the past few years, but that hasn’t stopped him from maintaining his elite level play on the international stage.
The combo-guard scored 30 points to lead Australia to a 98-94 victory over USA.
USA was led by Kemba Walker with 22 points and Harrison Barnes with 20 points.
After an extremely effective outing in the first exhibition game against Australia, Myles Turner struggled to gain rhythm, scoring only four points and recording one rebound in 18 minutes.
It’s also worth noting that none of the centers on the roster played particularly well. Greg Popovich chose to close the game with a lineup that featured Barnes as their biggest man.
Turner’s pick-and-pop game was on display in the first game, but Australia stifled it in this one. Part of the reason could be attributed to less minutes played with Walker, who was replaced in the starting lineup by a much less effective offensive player in Marcus Smart.
Another quirk Australia put in its defense was having a third defender rotate to Turner’s pop location, hassling him on the catch. Turner struggled to find the open man in those situations.
After a 14 rebound performance in the first game, Turner was out-rebounded by Andrew Bogut and Aron Baynes, who both displayed more effort on the glass throughout the contest.
As Walker said after the game, “[Australia] wanted it more than us.”
Team USA takes on Canada in Sydney, Australia for their last exhibition game on Monday at 5:30 a.m.