Thon Maker (left) made his NBA debut for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Thon Maker (left) made his NBA debut for the Milwaukee Bucks. Duane Burleson

Mixed night for Aussies in the NBA

BASKETBALL: Patty Mills has had another big game for the San Antonio Spurs despite being dropped to the bench for the returning Tony Parker.

For the second game running Mills scored 18 points as the Spurs defeated the Heat in Miami 106-99 for their fourth win of the NBA season.

Fellow Australians Matthew Dellavedova and Dante Exum also shot double figures but both were on the losing team.

Dellavedova had 10 points and five assists starting in the Bucks' 98-83 loss to Detroit, with countryman and Pistons' big man Aron Baynes pulling down seven boards with seven points.

Another Aussie, rookie Thon Maker entered the game for Milwaukee with less than two minutes remaining for his NBA debut.

Exum scored a season-high 10 points for Utah in its 88-75 loss to Los Angeles Clippers.

His Australian teammate Joe Ingles managed eight points and an equal team-high three assists.



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