Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 8/2/12
Coming into Thursday’s game, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills was struggling from behind the arc, as he had only made 1-of-14 three pointers in his first two Olympic games. Mills found his shooting touch Thursday as he led Australia to a 81-61 victory over China by shooting 4-of-8 from 3-point range. David Andersen (17 points) and Joe Ingles (13 points) also helped guide Australia to victory, but it was Australia’s defense that ultimately earned them their win. Shipeng Wang had a magnificent shooting game for China by knocking down 7-of-10 three pointers for 21 points, while Yi Jianlian also supplied 13 points, but in the end, the Aussies defense limited the Chinese from scoring. Here’s the rundown. First quarter: Australia (AUS) 21, China (CHN) 22 Player of the quarter (AUS): Mills – Mills got himself going early by scoring two easy layups in transition by getting ahead of the defense. Some would call it “snow-birding”; we’ll call it Mills using his speed effectively. Mills also
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