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Mills magic highlights solid Boomers win
Guy Hand
21:41 AEST Sun Jun 24 2012

NBA star Patty Mills sprinkled the magic dust over a wholehearted Boomers' performance to thump Greece in game one of their pre-Olympics basketball series in Melbourne on Sunday night.

Australia's men won 87-60 against an understrength Greek side at Hisense Arena - taking control midway through the second quarter and not relenting.

As his teammates played their roles perfectly to give heart ahead of the testing Olympic Games campaign, Mills added the highlights.

The San Antonio Spurs guard shot 21 points - the majority on blazing five-of-seven perimeter shooting.

Centre Aleks Maric - likely to shoulder much of the inside load in the absence of injured Andrew Bogut in London - also shone with 17 points and six rebounds.

Perhaps most heartening for the Boomers was the evenness of the rest of the team's effort - defending well and showing some slick transition at times to turn a 13-point halftime lead into a rout by the end.

Back-up guard Matthew Dellavedova had nine assists, Joe Ingles eight assists, and centre Aron Baynes 16 points and five rebounds.

Greece had a virtual second-string line-up - most of their best players rested for the Olympic qualifying tournament early next month.

Only Europe-based big man David Andersen was missing from Australia's Olympic squad.

But coach Brett Brown was pleased with his team's offence - particularly the unusually high amount of team-assisted baskets, though he believed there was plenty of defensive work to do.

He hopes the team can improve on that aspect as soon as Monday night's game two at Victoria's State Basketball Centre in Knox.

"All in all I was happy with what I saw," Brown said.

"At this early stage, the pieces to our offence far exceeded expectations, though the defence was personally a little bit of a let-down."

Mills believes the Boomers' player depth will surprise those who haven't been around the team, and will serve it well in London.

"Everyone complements each other well, everyone understands their role really well," Mills said.

"It is deep (the player depth). It goes back to guys understanding the roles.

"Guys don't try to do too much, guys do what they're supposed to do, and that's it. That's how we succeed."

Nikolaos Pappas top-scored for Greece with 17 points.

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