It was a back-and-forth affair all game long, but Australia emerged victorious 95-80 over Serbia, thanks to a big performance by Boomer point guards.
Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova combined for 49 points as the Aussie’s improved their record to 2-0 for the tournament.
Mills consistently came up with clutch baskets when the Boomers needed them most. With 4:05 remaining in the fourth, Mills drove the lane and finished a pretty layup through contact for the and-one to give Australia a seven-point edge. It proved to be a pivotal moment as the Serbs would threaten over the final minutes, but would never get closer than four points down.
Mills finished with 26 points and Matthew Dellavedova scored 26, on 3-for-4 shooting from long distance. Andrew Bogut did a bit of everything in the win, tallying 9 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks in the game.
For Serbia, Milos Teodosic scored 17 points and Miroslav Raduljica added 25, but each went cold down the stretch. The pair combined for just six points in the final period.
It was another quiet game from Nikola Jokic, who scored seven points. The Serbians were hoping for a big tournament from the 21-year-old big man finished third in Rookie of the Year voting while paying for the Denver Nuggets last season.
Australia has impressed in their first two games in Rio, claiming a decisive victory over France in their first game and then beating Serbia today, but the Aussies will face their biggest test when they play the United States on Wednesday. Still, the Boomers remain in prime position to advance to the knockout round.
Serbia cruised to an easy win over Venezuela in their first fixture, but now falls to 1-1 in Group A. They will play France on Wednesday with each team needing a win to improve their chances of moving on to the quarterfinals.