Australian NBA history made at Golden State

Last updated 02:42 21/12/2013

Relevant offers

Basketball

Knicks looking for discount from Anthony Dave Gruber still needed by Southland Sharks 'Auntie' still has 200 reasons to celeberate Phoenix's Dragic voted NBA's most improved Wizards go back to Washington with 2-0 lead Toronto Raptors even up NBA playoff battle Memphis beat Oklahoma to level series 1-1 Popovich takes coaching award for third time Noah named NBA defensive player of the year Wellington Saints beat Otago Nuggets in NBL

History was made on the NBA hardwood on Thursday when three Australians started a game for the first time - but it was a night to forget for Boomers centre Andrew Bogut.

Golden State centre Bogut contested the opening tip against fellow Aussie Aron Baynes when the Warriors hosted a depleted San Antonio outfit which also contained Patty Mills in the starting five.

Baynes and Mills were promoted to the Spurs' starting line-up with the big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all missing.

Parker is nursing a bruised shin, while veterans Duncan and Ginobili were rested with the Spurs playing on back-to-back nights.

Their absence was hardly felt as the Spurs prevailed 104-102 in a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals thanks to Tiago Splitter's tip-in with 2.1 seconds left on the clock.

Mills played a major role in the win as he picked up the scoring slack with a season-high 20 points on eight of 17 shooting in 34 minutes of court time.

Baynes played only eight minutes, hitting one of five shots and grabbing three rebounds.

Bogut was a monster on the boards with 18 rebounds to go with three blocked shots and a perfect three from three from the field for eight points.

But he was less than satisfied by the Warriors' performance against a massively weakened Spurs line-up.

"I don't usually tweet after games, but there was no excuse for that, period," Bogut tweeted after the contest.

Defeat kept the Warriors out of the playoff picture with a 14-13 record, with the Spurs flying high at 21-5.

In the day's other game, Chicago continued to be plagued by their injury woes with Oklahoma City cruising to a 107-95 victory.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content