Aussie point guard Patty Mills has played his best NBA game ever, scoring 32 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 4 point win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
With all-star Tony Parker struggling and Mano Ginobli out injured, the 25 year old embraced his chance, going for 10 of 13 from the field including 4 of 5 from long range.
The rest of the Spurs failed to catch fire, with the starters shooting a combined 18 for 48 from the field.
But Mills was ablaze, lighting it up for 18 points in the final quarter, and hitting crucial free throws down the stretch to secure the 104-100 win.
Spurs coach Greg Popovich knows of the Aussie’s skill and enthusiasm, even if he is usually stuck half way down a very deep bench.
“His motor is always going,” Popovich said. “He doesn’t need me to do anything to get him going. He’s a competitor. He’s played on the Australian Olympic team for I don’t how many years. He’s a competitor. He’s not impressed with the NBA. He just comes and plays.”
Teammate Boris Diaw was equally impressed with the performance.
“He was incredible tonight,” Diaw said after the game. “He really stepped up and made some incredible shots and brought a lot of energy.”