Boomers make history in US defeat

HISTORY was made in front of 52,000-plus fans at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.

The Australia Boomers did something no other international team has been capable of doing in the past 13 years – knocking off the United States.
Led by Patty Mills’ 30-point outburst, the Boomers snapped Team USA’s 78-game win streak with a 98-94 victory over the World’s No. 1 ranked team.
It’s no secret that Mills has a history of lighting it up as a scorer for the Boomers and this contest was no different for the San Antonio Spurs point guard.
He wasn’t red hot the entire game, though – he didn’t truly get going until the third frame. Australia trailed by a slim one-point margin at the half but the United States began to blow things open, taking a 10-point lead – the largest of the game – early in the third quarter. In order to douse the flames, Mills rattled off a stretch of eight points in 45 seconds to keep his Boomers within striking distance.
Mills had 17 points going into the fourth quarter and with his team in need of his scoring to close things out, the Aussie guard answered the call.
He went on to score 13 of his game-high 30 points in the final frame, including all 10 of Australia’s final points to close out Team USA.