Australia clinched its first medal in Olympic men’s basketball after thwarting Luka Doncic and Slovenia, 107-93, in the bronze-medal match in Tokyo on Saturday, August 7.
Patty Mills erupted for 42 points on top of 9 assists and 3 rebounds as the Aussies finally landed a podium spot after a fourth-place finish in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Slovenia, which saw action in the Olympics for the first time, threatened to deny Australia a medal as Doncic cut their deficit to 86-92 off two straight triples with five minutes left.
But the Aussies broke away and unloaded a win-clinching 15-2 run to prevent the Slovenians from joining champion Team USA and silver medalist France on the podium.
Joe Ingles backstopped Mills with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists, Jock Landale had 14 points, while Dante Exum chimed in 12 points, 10 of which came in the last six minutes.
Matissse Thybulle made his presence felt for the Aussies with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
Slovenia drew a prolific performance from Doncic, who churned out 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, but his near triple-double performance was not enough to steer his side to victory.
Also, Australia made life a living hell for Doncic defensively as he coughed up 8 turnovers – almost half of their total 17.
Klemen Prepelic had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. – Rappler.com