Australian NBA history made at Golden State

Last updated 02:42 21/12/2013

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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.

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