Week 18 in the NBA saw Josh Giddey have another historic week as he put up more triple-doubles to break a bunch of NBA records.
Patty Mills and the Brooklyn Nets were finally able to snap their losing streak before both Mills and Giddey travelled to Cleveland for All-Star Weekend along with NBA G League Ignite player and fellow Aussie Dyson Daniels.
3 Games, 2 Wins, 12.7pts, 2.0reb, 2.7ast, 1.3stl
After a rough stretch of games for the Brooklyn Nets, where they lost eleven straight to see themselves tumble from one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference to just in the playoff race, they were able to turn their fortunes around this week and get back on the winning track.
Their first win in over three weeks came against the Sacramento Kings, blowing them out 109 to 85. Patty Mills had a rough shooting night going just three of eleven from the field to finish with eight points, along with two rebounds and three assists.
The Nets continued winning in their next game, knocking off cross-town rivals, the New York Knicks at MSG. The Nets found themselves 28 points down at one stage in the game but were able to rally back behind the brilliant play of rookie Cam Thomas who scored 16 points in the final quarter to lead them to a five-point victory.
Mills was unable to make much of an impact in the game, again struggling to shoot the ball going at just 15.4% on his 13 attempts. He was however able to chip in with a pair of rebounds and assists and one steal.
The Nets’ final game came against the Washington Wizards, where they were unable to get the job done, despite Mills’ hot shooting night. Mills finished with 22 points, making five three-pointers in the process, along with two rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block.
After making just four three-pointers from the 16 he had attempted in the Nets first, two games of the week, Mills was able to find his shot again from deep just in time for the Three-Point Contest which Mills would be competing in at Allstar Weekend.
With the Nets games all done for the week, Mills’ attention switched to Allstar Weekend in Cleveland where he would be representing the Nets and Australia in the Three-Point Contest.
In the Three-Point Contest, Mills made a good account of himself finishing with a score of 21 in the first round. Unfortunately, this was not enough to finish in the top three and book his place in the last round.
The final round featured Trae Young, Luke Kennard, and Karl Anthony Towns, with Towns being crowned the champion.
2 Games, 1 Win, 22.5pts, 10.5reb, 11.0ast, 1.0stl
Josh Giddey has started to come into their own as an NBA basketballer this week as he continued to etch his name in the history books. With the Thunder being without their two leading scorers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort, Giddey was required to play a much larger offensive role, where he shined with the added responsibility.
Giddey had his breakout NBA game to open the Thunders week, dropping a triple-double on the New York Knicks in no better place than at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. The Australian sensation dropped a career-high 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists to mark his second consecutive triple-double and third this season.
Giddey now becomes the highest-scoring Australian at the Garden, beating Patty Mills’ previous record of 26 points. He also becomes the youngest player in NBA history to record back-to-back triple-doubles and the youngest to record a 25 point triple-double at 19 years and 127 days.
Giddey’s performance helped the Thunder to a double-overtime win over the Knicks and in the process snap their five-game losing streak.
Giddey’s week was not done there, backing it up in the Thunder’s next game against the San Antonio Spurs. The 19-year-old recorded another triple-double, marking his third straight. With the feat, Giddey now joins Oscar Robertson as the only other rookies in NBA history to have recorded a triple-double in three games in a row.
With no more games for the week, Giddey’s focus moved to the All-star break, where he would be a busy man playing in the Rising Stars tournament and then the following day be part of the Skills Challenge.
In the Rising Stars game, Giddey was part of Team Worthy who lost their game 50-49 against Team Isiah and therefore would not move onto the final. In the game, Giddey took a backward seat in scoring, instead of facilitating to finish with two points, nine rebounds, and six assists.
The following day Giddey competed in the Skills Challenge which was made up of three teams of three. Giddey was on Team Rooks with Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. The challenge had three rounds where the winning team for each round would earn Challenge Points and the two teams with the most at the end would play off in a fourth and final round.
The first round was the shooting challenge where Team Rooks scored 32 points to come in second to team Cavs who finished with 44 points. Giddey led the way for his team putting up 16 of the teams 32 points.
The next round was the passing challenge which Team Rooks finished with 88 points to tie in first with Team Antetokounmpos. A tie-breaker was done with Team Antetokounmpos coming out on top. The third round was the relay which Team Rooks won to book their place in the final against Team Cavs.
The final round was a half-court competition where whichever team hit a half-court shot the fastest would win. Team Cavs won getting the shot in 5.5 seconds compared to Team Rooks who took 9.9 seconds.
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2 Games, 1 Win, 1.0pts, 1.0reb, 1.5ast, 1.0blk
Matisse Thybulle had little impact in the Philadelphia 76ers two games this week, struggling to make an impact on either side of the court.
The Sixers got off to a humiliating start to the week, going down to the Boston Celtics by 48 points. Thybulle had a rough night shooting the ball in the loss, unable to make any of his six shot attempts to finish with just one point, a single rebound, two assists, and one block.
The Sixers turned their fortunes around in their final game before the Allstar break, going into Milwaukee and defeating the Bucks by three points. Thybulle got little playing time in the game with just 15 minutes of court time.
In those 15 minutes, he again had little impact, finishing with one point again as well as a single rebound, assist and block.
2 Games, 2 Wins, 4.0pts, 3.5reb, 2.5ast
Dallas had another strong week winning both their games to now sit just a game and a half behind the Utah Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference.
For Aussie Josh Green, he was rewarded for his play so far this season, starting both games for the Mavericks. The first game was against the Miami Heat where Green started for the first time this season and played 20 minutes. In that time the Mavs guard put up eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
Green saw his minutes increase for the Mavericks’ next game against the New Orleans Pelicans, playing 25 minutes. He was unable to make any scoring impact finishing the game with zero points but found other ways to impact the game, grabbing three rebounds, dishing off two assists, and having a block.
Jock Landale did not get any playing time this week being a DNP for both of the Spurs games against the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder. With Zach Collins returning to the team from injury he has taken Landale’s role as the backup big.
Giddey was not the only Aussie who featured in the Rising Stars Game this week with, Dyson Daniels also representing Australia and the NBA G League Ignite squad. Daniels was on Team Barry who won the whole tournament, first beating Team Payton and then Team Isiah in the final.
Daniels made sure to make an impact in both games and show off the skills that will hopefully see him getting drafted at the end of this season. Against Team Payton, Daniels finished with four points and a pair of rebounds and assists.
In the championship game, Daniels started and made sure to make the most of the time he got on the court. He had another good showing, doing a bit of everything to finish with four points, three rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.
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